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07 August 2020 - NW1801

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Following the release of the report by the Commission of Gender Equity with regard to the treacherous and inhumane sterilisation of HIV-positive women, some dating back to 1997, what steps has she taken to ensure that (a) no woman is ever forced to undergo this dehumanising practice and (b) those responsible for this are made to account?

Reply:

The report by the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) was released in February 2020 and I immediately responded with a media statement. I expressed my deep concern at these human rights violations and reproductive injustices committed against women living with HIV through these acts of forced sterilisation. The South African Constitution guarantees the rights of all women the right to dignity, life and bodily integrity. The Sterilisations Act of 1998 provides for the protection of rights of women to make informed choices about sterilisation and the responsibility of health professionals in this regard. Therefore, I called for urgent redress to be afforded to these women whose rights were violated.

At the same time, I also applauded the recommendations of the CGE report that the National Department of Health must facilitate dialogue between themselves and the complainants in order to for them to find ways of providing redress to the complainants.

 

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities calls upon medical professionals to work with the Department to protect and uphold the rights of all women including women living with HIV in South Africa.

07 August 2020 - NW1638

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Sonti, Ms NP to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

What measures has her Office put in place to bolster the work of the Commission for Gender Equality in light of the escalating violence against women, and more especially, to empower women to deal with the impact of Covid-19?

Reply:

In exercising its mandate, the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) recently requested the Department to respond to a set of questions on the implementation of targets on the GBVF Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP); and processes followed regarding the development of the Gender-based Violence and Femicide National Strategic Plan (GBVF-NSP) and the establishment of the National Council for Gender-based Violence and Femicide (NCGBVF).

The Department provided a comprehensive response to the CGE.

Furthermore, the Department popularises the hot line number 0800 007 709 on GBV for the CGE during the Covid-19 lockdown. This intervention allows the commissioners at provincial level to respond in line with Pillar 4: Adequate Care, Support and Healing.

Also, the CGE and the Department are collaborating in the following ways:

  • Both share each other’s statements with various stakeholders.
  • Share calendar of activities and concept papers.
  • Exchange reports and utilise our reports in particular on GBV areas and made referrals on cases.
  • The CGE participated in the civil society (CSO) webinar on “The Roadmap to the establishment of the National Council for Gender-based Violence and Femicide” held on 13 June 2020.

The CGE is currently involved and participating actively in the NSP Pillar Interim Task Teams (ITTs) working sessions set up to develop the implementation plans for the popularisation and roll-out of the NSP during the lockdown period.

31 July 2020 - NW1633

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

(1)   With regard to the establishment of the National Council on Gender- based Violence and Femicide, (a) on what date and (b) how will civil society be engaged meaningfully to participate in the process to establish the National Council on Gender Based Violence and Femicide; (2) Whether the R80 million funding sitting with the National Development Agency is still available for distribution to organisations working on gender-based violence and femicide; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date will it be distributed; (3) Whether the South African Business Coalition on Health and Aids still manages the Gender-Based Violence Fund; if not, what is the current status of the Fund; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1.Cabinet established the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Gender Based Violence and Femicide which will play a key facilitation and political liaison role in the National Council for Gender Based Violence and Femicide (NCGBVF) processes; The National Council which will be tasked with the implementation of the National Strategic Plan (NSP); and take recommendations made at the 2018 Presidential Summit against GBVF forward; The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) recently met with civil society sector to engage and forge a roadmap for the establishment of the National Council; The Webinar resolved to extend the deadline for the establishment of the National Council to provide Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) the opportunity to consult extensively with their constituencies and communities on processes to be followed towards the establishment of the National Council – that includes discussions on the National Council terms of reference and selection criteria for the representatives. The parties agreed on a timeframe of 3 months following the Webinar.

2.The Department of Social Development (DSD) has appointed the National Development Agency (NDA) as an implementing partner for funding of CSOs from the Criminal Asset Recovery Account (CARA) Funds. The contract between DSD and NDA was signed for R95 million for funding of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) which render services to victims of crime and violence including victims of gender based violence as well as implementing mentoring programme for emerging CSOs. The NDA advertised the call for proposals in January 2020 and the total of 589 proposals were received by closing date. These proposals were evaluated by the inter-sectoral evaluating team comprised of representatives of NDA, DSD and the Interim Steering Committee on GBV and a total of 312 CSOs were recommended for funding. The process of verification for all the recommended CSOs has been conducted and the process of contracting as well transferring the funds to qualifying CSOs is underway.

3.In order to enforce accountability, coordination and leadership, the multi-sectoral GBVF Fund was established by the Interim Gender Based Violence and Femicide Steering Committee (IGBVF-SC) in order to urgently respond to the GBVF crisis and to support interventions rolled-out within the Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP). Amongst others, the objectives of the a multi-sectoral GBVF Fund are to: a) provide a vehicle for the private sector to respond to the national emergency response on GBVF campaign in a coordinated and strategic manner; and b) provide a vehicle for the private sector to be able to effectively monitor and efficiently spend funds in this regard.

In order to facilitate this process, on 13 December 2019, the South African Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (SABCOHA) was approved by the Department of Women, Youth & Persons with Disabilities, through recommendation by the IGBVF-SC, as the agency to establish the multi-sectoral GBVF Fund in line with the terms of reference crafted by the IGBVF-SC. SABCOHA proceeded with getting approval to open a separate bank account in line with its internal and banking governance requirements. Once established, the NCGBVF will be the custodian of the multi-sectoral GBVF Fund; and will work together with CSOs to develop guidelines for management of the fund based on feminist principles.

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17 July 2020 - NW1390

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether her Office has a safety plan for orphaned and vulnerable youth exiting Child and Youth Care Centres 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?

Reply:

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities does not render direct services to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs), but supports the work done by the Department of Social Development (DSD) in this area.

The DSD has the mandate to deliver direct programmes to the OVCs. The DSD runs Child and Youth Care facilities (drop-in centres) as per Chapter 14 of the Children’s Act, Act 38 of 2005. This includes managing child and youth care centres as indicated in Chapter 13 of the Children’s Act.

A Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) is a facility which provides residential care to more than six children outside the child's family environment in accordance with a residential care programme suited for the individual. In terms of section 191 (3) of Chapter 13 of the Children’s Act, these centres offer: (a) therapeutic programmes designed for the residential care of children outside the family environment; (b) appropriate care and development for children with disabilities or chronic illnesses; (c) therapeutic and developmental programmes; (d) treatment of children for addiction to dependence-producing substances; (e) treatment of children with a psychiatric condition; and (f) assistance to persons when in transition or leaving a child and youth care centre after reaching the age of 18.

Children who have reached the age of 18 years do not exit the Child and Youth Care Centres if they are still within the education system. However, in instances where they are not within the education system or they have reached the age of 21, they are proactively prepared through the “permanency plans” and “individual development plans”, that are developed as part of the national norms and standards for CYCCs in terms of the Children’s Acts section 194 (2) of Chapter 13. The “permanency plans” and “individual development plans” are tailor made to respond to the individual needs of the child, but allow the children to acquire life skills training; job skills; financial support/ bursary and or access to education and training institution. All these programmes are intended to ensure independent living.

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities advocates for improved continuous services for orphaned and vulnerable youth and facilitate access to skills training for those exiting Child and Youth Care Centres, through referral to organisations rendering relevant appropriate services.

20 May 2020 - NW888

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Clarke, Ms M to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

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

Reply:

1. No, the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities will not offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses, as this is not the Department’s mandate.

2. The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities does not have a financial allocation within its budget to offer financial relief to SMME’s.

 

20 May 2020 - NW409

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

What is the current balance of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund; (2) What are the details of (a) each amount that the specified fund paid to each beneficiary since its establishment, (b) the names of each beneficiary and (c) the outcomes achieved by each beneficiary with the funding received from the fund?

Reply:

The Umsobomvu Youth Fund was established in January 2001 with a mandate to create a platform for job creation, skills development and transfer for South Africa’s young people.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Act which was passed by Parliament in 2008 formed the NYDA as a merger between the Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) and in terms of section 21 of the Act dissolved the UYF and NYC.

  (1)  The balances of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund were therefore transferred into the NYDA as per section 21 of the NYDA Act. The UYF has therefore been dissolved and has a balance of zero.

 2. Links to the annual reports of the UYF which can be found online which will specify beneficiaries, amounts paid and outcomes are indicated below. Copies of the annual reports from 2001 – 2008 can be forwarded to the Honourable member upon request.

https://pmg.org.za/committee-meeting/8674/

https://pmg.org.za/committee-meeting/8495/

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/43412530/umsobomvu-youth-fund-annual-report-2006-nyda

03 March 2020 - NW190

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Ngcobo, Mr S to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether her Office has initiated the drafting of a Bill that seeks to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities; if not, (a) why not and (b) what steps does her Office intend taking in this regard; if so, on what date does she envisage that the Bill will be introduced in the National Assembly?

Reply:

Yes

(b) The Department is in the process of preparing the drafting of a Bill which will be submitted to Cabinet for approval before it will be tabled in Parliament during the 2021/2022 financial year.

06 December 2019 - NW1696

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Sharif, Ms NK to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

With reference to her department’s mandate to champion the advancement of women’s socio-economic empowerment and the promotion of gender equality, what steps and/or programmes has her department undertaken in collaboration with other government departments, such as the Departments of Justice and Health the SA Police Service, to sensitise government officials in respect of the needs and challenges of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual community?

Reply:

The department is aware that LGBTQIA+ persons have different safety and security needs than that of cisgender women based on how laws, policies, practices and systems are conceptualised on the basis of heteronormativity.

The Department since 2016 has been rolling out Community Dialogues to understand the lived experiences including challenges of communities and do a needs assessment. To this end sector specific dialogues including LGBQTIA+ sector have been conducted. The dialogues are implemented in partnership with local civil society organisations and government departments including Police; Justice and Health. The findings of the dialogues have generally been shared with departments particularly those involved in service delivery.

The department together with National Treasury is working on the institutionalisation of the Gender-Responsive Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Auditing (GRPBMEA) framework into departmental strategic plans, and annual performance plans. The first attempt focused on enabling gender responsive budgeting through sex disaggregated data. The success of this process will lead to the elevation of mainstreaming of gender non-conforming persons’ in the work of government officials.

The department continues to oversee, guide and work in collaboration with the Interim Steering Committee (ISC) for Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), including relevant government departments in ensuring the adoption of the GBVF NSP. The GBVF NSP development processes have been finalised.

The department consulted on the GBVF NSP the DGs Clusters on 1) Social Protection, Community and Human Development (SPCHD) where the departments of Health and Justice are members and 2) Justice Crime Prevention & Security (JCPS) where Justice and Police are members.

Issues of LGBTQIA+ persons have been elevated in the GBVF NSP. The interventions raised in the GBVF NSP include the roll-out of sensitisation and training programmes for frontline government officials on victim-centric, survivor focused services, with a specific drive to promote gender diversity and obliterate negative social norms and attitudes.

The rollout of social behaviour programmes portraying positive images of gender equality, sensitive reporting on LGBTQIA+ communities will further enhance social cohesion and combat harmful gender stereotypes that perpetuate patriarchal norms. This also includes a standardisation approach to the sheltering system so as to address needs of the LGBTQIA+ community.

A national study to understand the extent of violence against LGBTQIA+ persons is also set to be conducted to raise awareness of the needs and challenges of the LGBTQIA+ sector. Such surveys basically include training workshops for officials involved in data collection on understanding the sector, appropriate language and principle of intersectionality.

05 December 2019 - NW1697

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether, with reference to the Emergency Response Action Plan that was announced on 18 September 2019 as an initiative to ensure urgent emergency response to Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) article 4, point H of the GBVF declaration speaks directly to an action plan that must accompany the National Strategic Plan, will a different action plan be developed in contrast to the emergency response assistance plan noting that the declaration was signed in March 2019?

Reply:

a) During the process of developing a Gender Based Violence & Femicide-National Strategic Plan (GBVF NSP), an urgent need arose that required concerted, focused and results-oriented emergency interventions at all levels of society.

b) In September 2019, there was a noticeable spike in the national interest with several high level femicide cases raising awareness of the on-going scourge of violence against women.

c) The Emergency Response Action Plan was developed in response to the September 2019 femicide related incidents and the call for urgent action by civil society, whilst the NSP is being concluded.

d) The Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP) is aligned to priorities raised in the National Strategic Plan (NSP).

e) Article 4 point H of the Presidential Summit states that the national multi-sectoral coordinating body shall develop a National Strategy with Action Plan for Gender-Based Violence and Femicide not later than six months after its establishment.

f) Currently, the NSP is serving through Cabinet processes. Once Cabinet approves the NSP, the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) together with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) will develop and monitor the implementation framework for the NSP.

g) The NSP implementation framework will provide more details in terms of interventions to be delivered, indicators, targets and responsible stakeholder(s).

h) The NSP implementation framework will build onto, consolidate and expand on the key interventions of the Emergency Response Action Plan (October 2019 – March 2020).

i) Some of the interventions in the Emergency Response Action Plan that are on-going in nature (that is going beyond the life-span of the Emergency Response Action Plan) will be phased into the NSP implementation framework.

j) Over and above the NSP implementation framework the proposed National Council for Gender Based Violence and Femicide once established, will develop its operational plan.

05 December 2019 - NW1577

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Sharif, Ms NK to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

In each of the past four financial years, what (a) amount was spent on (i) technical assistance interventions and (ii) training by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), (b) number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were (i) assisted through technical interventions and (ii) trained by NYDA, (c) number of jobs were created by the specified SMEs and (d) number of the SMEs still exist and are still trading?

Reply:

SMEs assisted through technical interventions and trained

Description

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

TOTAL

No. of SME’s assisted through technical assistance

7975

12 170

14 513

17 711

52 369

SME’s trained

7665

9367

7295

6231

30 558

Amount spent on technical assistance

R1 769 000

R17 182 000

R6 878 000

R8 388 000

R34 217 000

Amount spent on training

R6 936 000

R8 398 000

R5 234 000

R4 770 000

R25 338 000

Jobs created through technical intervention

959

1990

1698

4192

8839

The NYDA conducts repaid assessments every two years and has done two on its entrepreneurship programs. In rapid assessment 1, 72% of businesses were sustainable post two years after technical assistance. In rapid assessment 2, 100% of businesses were sustainable post two years after technical assistance.

05 December 2019 - NW1509

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

In light of the escalating violence against lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, has she considered advocating in Cabinet for amending the (a) existing legislation and (b) Criminal Law Amendment Act, Act 38 of 2007, to include harsher minimum sentences for corrective rape and/or hate crimes in general?

Reply:

(a)

There is adequate legislative framework that provides protection of the human rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer, or commonly referred to as the LGBTIQ, sector. Their rights are human rights too as entrenched in Chapter 2 of the Constitution, in particular s9 (3) on the issue of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

South Africa became the first country in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. We are also the fifth country in the world and the first country in Africa to legalise same-sex marriages.

Furthermore, in 2003 South Africa enacted the Alteration of Sex Descriptors and Sex Status 49 of 2003, which allows citizens to change their descriptors on their identification documents. The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000 governs the judicial interpretation of the Equality Clause. In 2005 the promulgation of the Judicial Matters Amendment Act of 2005 changed the legal status of intersex people in South Africa. The amendment saw the Promotion of Equality Act and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 amended at section 1 by the insertion the definition of “intersex” and the definition of ‘sex’ to include intersex.

This demonstrates that our biggest challenges lie beyond legislation. Discriminatory societal beliefs influence attitudes, perspectives about lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender as well as intersex people, and attribute those to culture. For example, in some communities, Intersex infants are seen as ‘bad omens’, some perceive the infants as punishment from God and a curse on the family tree. The on-going dialogues conducted by the department seeks to address these stereotypes.

(b)

Our immediate task is to work collectively in closing the gap between legislation and implementation, through intervention mechanisms to protect the rights of the LGBTIQ+ sector.

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities is also a member of the National Task Team on gender and sexual orientation-based violence established by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in 2011.

The National task Team, which is constituted by government departments, chapter nine institutions and civil society organisations that specialise in issues related to LGBTI persons is currently developing a National Intervention Strategy for the LGBTIQ+ sector.

Members of the Criminal Justice System are equal partners in this dialogue. The courts have been playing an important role in enforcing the law to protect citizens against hate crimes, and in handing down harsher minimum sentences for corrective rape. Our mandate is that of advocacy, and we will continue to play an advocacy role in this regard.

05 December 2019 - NW1576

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

In each of the past four financial years, what (a) amount of funding was disbursed by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), (b) number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were funded by NYDA, (c) number of jobs were created by the specified SMEs and (d) number of the SMEs still exist and are still trading?

Reply:

SMEs supported by NYDA

Description

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019

TOTAL

No of SME’s funded

673

698

801

1103

3275

Amount of funding

R29 974 000

R30 486 000

R34 611 000

R58 686 000

R153 757 000

Number of jobs created and sustained

500

1728

2373

2929

7530

The NYDA conducts repaid assessments every two years and has done two on its entrepreneurship programs. In rapid assessment 1, 72% of businesses were sustainable post two years after funding. In rapid assessment 2, 100% of businesses were sustainable post two years after funding.

 

05 December 2019 - NW1698

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

In light of the fact that the term of the Interim Steering Committee on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), which was tasked to establish a permanent multi-sectoral co-ordinating structure, effectively came to an end in October 2019, (a) will the term of the Interim Steering Committee on GBVF be extended and (b) on what date will the permanent multi-sectoral co-ordinating structure be appointed?

Reply:

(a) 

Following the Presidential Summit a proposal was tabled and adopted on 15 November 2018 to use the Steering Committee that was responsible for organising the Summit, as the core for the Interim Steering Committee.

Initially, the Interim Steering Committee deliverables were supposed to be concluded within six months in line with article 3 of the Declaration amongst other articles. The article purports for a National Strategic Plan to end Gender Based Violence & Femicide (NSP GBVF), and a Multi-Sectoral Structure to serve as a Council. The rationale was three-fold: (1) Continuity; (2) Operational coherence; and (3) Pragmatic sense given the short duration for the structure. Once the task is concluded the committee would be disbanded.

The process of drafting the NSP took longer than anticipated due extensive consultation sessions that were required across all relevant sectors and all 9 provinces. This impacted on the establishment of the Council, as in principle strategy informs structure. An additional responsibility was entrusted on the Interim Steering Committee to oversee the crafting and implementation of the Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP) to end Gender Based Violence and Femicide. The ERAP was announced by the President on 18 September, and is being implemented over six months between October 2019 and March 2020.

b)

The Cabinet processes are at an advanced stage regarding approval of the NSP and Council. Once the proposed council is endorsed, the nomination process will be embarked upon towards the establishment of a National Council to end Gender Based Violence and Femicide.

13 November 2019 - NW1230

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether any performance rewards were paid in contravention of the remuneration policy of her Office in the 2018-19 financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what was the amount?

Reply:

No performance rewards were paid in contravention with the departmental Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) policy. Formal procedures are following through the various stages of the process. Funds for the payment of rewards are included in the Compensation of Employees budget as prescribed.

 

13 November 2019 - NW1232

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

What (a) amount did a certain official of the National Youth Development Agency benefit after the specified official failed to disclose a conflict of interest and participated in the awarding of a quotation to a supplier in the 2018-19 financial year and (b) steps has her Office taken against the official?

Reply:

(a) A procurement transaction of R165 000 was detected by the Auditor-General which indicated a suspected conflict of interest between an employee and a service provider. It is at this stage not possible to determine how much the said employee may have benefited, if at all.

(b) The NYDA commissioned an internal audit investigation based on the suspected transaction and has suspended the employee and lodged formal disciplinary processes.

13 November 2019 - NW1231

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Mphithi, Mr L to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

What are the (a) two targets that were incorrectly cited as achieved whereas they were not achieved according to the report of the Auditor-General in the 2018-19 financial year and (b) reasons her department submitted an incorrect report on its performance?

Reply:

a)The two targets are:

  1. Number of reports on progress made on women's empowerment in the Economic Departments.
  2. Report on socio-economic empowerment of women through government economic incentive schemes produced as planned.

b) The reports on the two targets were incorrectly only approved by the acting Director-General.

13 November 2019 - NW1145

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether her Office has conducted any research to establish why (a) there seems to be an escalation in the incidences of men killing women in the Republic and (b) the prevalence is higher than in the rest of the world; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the (i) relevant details and (ii) details of the findings of any investigations conducted to date?

Reply:

a) The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (PWYDP) has not conducted any research why there seems to be an escalation in the incidences of men killing women in South Africa.

b) The Department has not conducted any research to establish why the prevalence is higher than in the rest of the world. However, South Africa has various sources of Violence against Women administrative data that are used by the Department to inform policy making and programme implementation. These include household surveys e.g., District Health Surveys (DHS-StatsSA), The South African Police Service (SAPS) crime statistics collated from Sexual Offences Courts, Victim Empowerment Centres, Thuthuzela Care Centers, Hospitals, Shelters (state and NGO run) and Research institutions.

Sector specific administrative criteria and methodologies are applied in recording of administrative data. Recording is from different sectoral indicators perspective and programme areas. Data sources are focused on criminal judicial responses and emergency short term responses to violence against women.

The Department is currently facilitating a process of conducting a prevalence survey in the next financial year.

10 October 2019 - NW877

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Masiko, Ms F to ask the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

What programmes does her department have in place to preserve, advance and promote women’s dignity and health, particularly during critical feminine cycles when indigent women and girls cannot access the much-needed products such as sanitary pads?

Reply:

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) has developed an Implementation Framework on Sanitary Dignity in an effort to ensure that indigent girls and women are afforded the opportunity to manage menstruation in a knowledgeable, safe and dignified manner. This Framework was launched on 28 February 2019 and approved by Cabinet on 18 September, 2019. The DWYPD is responsible for the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the Framework. The key objective of the Framework is to provide for an integrated and coordinated responsive Government programme aimed at the provision of sanitary products free of charge to indigent girls and women in order to achieve universal access to sanitary products to the most vulnerable women and girls. In South Africa, 26% of women aged 9-49 years live below the food poverty line. Therefore the priority persons who will benefit from the implementation of this Framework are indigent women and girls who have reached puberty, commenced menstruation and who:

  1. attend schools ranked at quintile 1, 2 and 3, special needs schools and farm schools. The option of expanding to quintiles 4 and 5 will be based on the results of a needs assessment and availability of resources;
  2. attend Post-School Education and Training institutions[1];
  3. live in child-headed households;
  4. have been admitted to any state-owned institutions, hospitals, orphanages, places of care, prisons and places of safety;
  5. vulnerable indigent women and girls not in State Institutions.
  6. have been identified by an Indigent Sanitary Management Committee (ISMC) or Provincial Sanitary Dignity Committee (PSDC), provided that the relevant ISMC or PSDC must submit a motivation to the Sanitary Dignity Oversight Committee (SDOC) for the inclusion of such persons as beneficiaries of this Framework and such persons may only be provided with sanitary products if so, approved by the SDOC.

DWYPD leads the implementation of the Framework with the support and guidance of the multi-sectoral government national task team. DWYPD has participated the following interventions:

  1. The implementation of the framework is a phased in approach and has started with girls in quintiles 1-3 schools. DWYPD submitted a request to National Treasury for the 19/20 financial year to pilot the sanitary dignity implementation framework in quintiles 1-3 schools. The National Treasury made an allocation of R157 million through provincial equitable share to either the Department of Education or the Department of Social Development. The provinces are currently implementing the programmes and DWYPD is responsible for coordinating, monitoring and evaluation. An additional request has been made to National Treasury for the 2020 MTEF and consultations are underway.

2. Submission made to the independent panel of experts for Zero VAT on sanitary products by the Department with many other stakeholders ensured that sanitary pads and panty liners have been zero VAT rated since 1 April, 2019. Currently, the Department is investigating whether the VAT is being implemented and how it has changed the lives of women and girls.

3. Development of Standards for Water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) March 2019. These standards were developed by the Water Research Commission and piloted in 10 schools in the Eastern Cape. The Department formed part of the team that developed the standards.

4. As part of advocacy and awareness raising, DWYPD held a National Launch of the Sanitary Dignity Programme in Mkhondo Local Municipality in Mpumalanga on 28 February 2019, as well as Provincial launches in Eastern Cape in Makana Local Municipality on 13 April 2019 and E-Thekwini Metro on 3 May 2019. During these events girls were provided with the sanitary towels.

5. The DWYPD has partnered with various government partners, development partners, private sector companies and non-profit organisations who have supplied sanitary pads, education sessions on menstrual health and WASH. These partnerships are continuous.

6. Development of standards for the reusable pads. The Department participates in the technical working group on norms and standards. The group is led by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). The standards were published for public comments on 25 July 2019 and closed on 25 September, 2019.

. For example, Technical Vocation Education and Training Colleges as registered under the Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006 (Act No. 16 of 2006).

10 October 2019 - NW932

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Hill-Lewis, Mr GG to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

What is the total amount in (a) remuneration and (b) reimbursement for expenses incurred that was paid to a certain person (name furnished) by the National Youth Development Agency (i) in the (aa) 2016-17, (bb) 2017-18 and (cc) 2018-19 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019?

Reply:

The person (name furnished) served as a non-executive member of the NYDA Board of Directors for the period 8 May 2017 to 22 May 2019. Remuneration was made up of board fees. The following amounts were received for remuneration and reimbursement of expenses for each financial year.

Year

Remuneration

(Board fees)

Reimbursement

2016 – 2017

R0

R0

2017 – 2018

R258 000

R0

2018 – 2019

R314 000

R15 000

1 April 2019 – 22 May 2019

R99 935

R0

10 October 2019 - NW901

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

What number of (a) safe homes for abused women and children does her department have in the Republic, (b) the specified safe homes are operational and (c) referrals has her Office done in collaboration with the departments of police, health and social development?

Reply:

The Department does not provide safe homes or shelters for abused women and children. The Department of Social Development (DSD) provides funding to the shelters for victims of crime and violence. A shelter is a residential facility that accommodates all victims of crime and violence as well as their care. DSD has also established the Khuseleka One Stop Centre model to provide services by various stakeholders to the victims of crime and violence including domestic violence. It is a community-based center where victims of crime and violence receive services through a multi-disciplinary approach comprising teams of social workers, nurses, doctors, police officers, court preparation officers and prosecutors.

In addition, DSD sets up White Doors/Safe Spaces of Hope to provide temporary shelter and a safe space to victims of gender based violence, mainly, the most vulnerable groups such as women and children but not excluding men. The White Door is a 72 hours’ facility responding to the challenge of accessing available shelters for victims whose lives are in danger. This service serves as an emergency temporary intervention and in some cases overnight (24 hours), containment facilities offering accommodation and practical support to the victims. White Doors/ Safe Spaces are established to counteract gender-based violence and to encourage community participation whereby community members identify houses within their communities to be utilized as safe spaces for victims of violence for crisis interventions.

10 October 2019 - NW880

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Whether her Office has developed any programmes to skill the unacceptably high number of unemployed youth in the Republic in entrepreneurship skills in an effort to enable them to become self-employed: if not, why not: if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) run training courses which include Business Management Training and Cooperative Governance Training which reaches an estimated 20 000 young people per annum to train them with skills to start and manage their own businesses. Over the past five years, the NYDA has reached more than 100 000 young people through these training programmes.

10 October 2019 - NW785

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

(1)(a) What amount was spent on advertising by (i) her Office and (ii) state-owned entities reporting to her in the (aa) 2016-17, (bb) 2017-18 and (cc) 2018-19 financial years;

Reply:

1 (a) (i) Advertising spend:

2016 / 2017

R1 615 000.00

2017 / 2018

R1 319 000.00

2018 / 2019

R1 199 000.00

1 (a) (ii) Advertising spend:

2016 / 2017

R1 953 904.92

2017 / 2018

R1 536 147.72

2018 / 2019

R2 035 547.13

2 (a) (I) The department did not incur expenditure to black owned media companies in 2016/17 and 2018/19 financial year. The expenditure incurred for 2017/18 financial to black owned companies is reflected in the table below:

PO

Month

Company

Amount

2401720

30-01-2018

NDLAMBE Community Radio Station

44 500.00

2401715

31-01-2018

TISO BLACKSTAR GROUP

37 848.00

TOTAL SPEND ON ADS FOR 2017/2018

R424 348.00

The department did not incur outdoor advertising expenditure in 2018/19 financial year

2 (b) (I)

1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017

PO

Month

Company

Amount

POG00000000038287

12-08-2016

Tsalena Media cc

83 670.30

POG00000000038286

12-08-2016

Tsalena Media cc

27 360.00

POG00000000038372

18-08-2016

Mode Brand Studio

47 500.00

POG00000000038998

04-10-2016

Tsalena Media cc

1 084 463.82


POG00000000039799

13-12-2016

Mode Brand Studio

47 500.00

TOTAL SPEND ON ADS FOR 2016/2017

R1 290 494.12

1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

PO

Month

Company

Amount

POG00000000042885

23-08-2017

TISO BLACKSTAR GROUP

71 774.40

POG00000000045124

15-02-2018

TISO BLACKSTAR GROUP

43 023.60

TOTAL SPEND ON ADS FOR 2017/2018

R114 798.00

1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

PO

Month

Company

Amount

POG00000000048182

14-08-2018

RISE BROADCAST

100 000.00

POG00000000049577

05-11-2018

MEDIA MIX 360

504 869.42

POG00000000049918

22-11-2018

BARCODE MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS

9 000.00

POG00000000051116

13-02-2019

MEDIA MIX 360

51 343.71

TOTAL SPEND ON ADS FOR 2018/2019

R665 213.17

The NYDA did not spend any money on outdoor advertising

01 April 2019 - NW723

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

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

Reply:

The Department did not purchased any vehicle(s) for use by the Minister in the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years.

 

 

 

Minister on

01 April 2019 - NW517

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

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

Reply:

The Department of Women does not own any building and/or property. However, the Department has been renting a building at No. 36 Hamilton Street, Arcadia for oRice accommodation for the past 9 years and eleven months to date. The rental fee for the said building is R997 239.02 per month and the lease agreement with Delta expires in December 2020.

 

11 March 2019 - NW304

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Whether she has complied with the Constitutional Court ruling in which the court had found her liable for not applying an executive supervising role particularly after the SA Social Security Agency failed to comply with previous orders and instructed her to pay a portion of the legal fees; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

As the member is aware, the legal matter referred to involved a number of legal teams representing different parties. It is through the lawyers that represented me as the then Minister of Social Development that the process will be finalised. I regularly communicate with the legal team that represents me. This far there is no correspondence on the legal fees that has been received from the other legal teams that represented the different parties.

 

 

 

 

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25 February 2019 - NW274

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Women in ThePresidency

What number c? (a) tender brisfings 'were !1cld in ?318 by (i) her Office and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

No tender briefings were held in 2018 by the department

16 November 2018 - NW3256

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

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

Reply:

(i) The Department did not borrow any amount from any entity in the People's Republic of China.

(aa) N/A (bb) N/A

(ii) The Commission Gender Equality is a Chapter 9 institution that reports to Parliament.

(aa) N/A

(bb) N/A

b) N/A

c) N/A

d) N/A

 

 

Ms BO Dlamini, MP Minister in the Date:

Responsible for Women

 

16 November 2018 - NW3277

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

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

Reply:

a) The department did not award any contracts and/or tenders to certain companies (names and details furnished) from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available.

    1. N/A
    2. (aa) (bb) N/A
    3. N/A
    4. N/A

b) The Commission Gender Equality is a Chapter 9 institution that reports to Parliament.

  1. N/A
  2. (aa) (bb) N/A
  3. N/A
  4. N/A

 

Ms BO Dlamini, MP

 

18 September 2018 - NW2703

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

What (a) programmes to assist female victims of violence and abuse do her department and the entities reporting to her currently have in place and (b) is the purpose of each programme?

Reply:

The Department since 2016 has been rolling out National Dialogues on violence against women and children (VAWC) to better understand the lived experiences of various communities given the uniqueness of their context. So far, dialogues have been held in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, North West and Western Cape as part of the 365 Days of Activism programme. This is a programmatic approach to raising awareness on violence against women.

The Department of Women (DoW) has made concerted efforts to engage various stakeholders particularly men’s organisations to partner with the Department as advocates for no VAWC. During the month of August, the Department also hosted a series of dialogues with women across all sectors. These included women in business, women living in rural areas, women in academia and a dialogue with men and boys. On the 9th of August, the department launched the Gender Based violence Robot to heighten awareness on early warning signs of domestic violence. The Robot has contact details of services available for victims of violence.

The dialogues are implemented in partnership with Premiers offices and local civil society organisations (CSOs) to ensure continuity and sustainability of community based interventions developed dialogue events by the Province, municipalities and implementing partners.

DoW is also a member of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the Root Causes of Violence against Women and Children which was established by the Cabinet in May 2012 to develop a comprehensive strategy to deal with this scourge. A Program of Action (POA) emanating from the work of this Committee, has been developed and is currently under review to close gaps identified though a diagnostic review process.

The Minister is in the process of reinstating the Gender Based Violence Council which will include government, NGOs, NPOs, and business so that we can have co-ordinated programs as per the CEDAW, AU and SADC protocol.

We are also trying to develop new indicators for reporting on crimes against women because presently crimes that are reported are those that are in the police systems.

A well-coordinated and reconfigured gender mainstreaming will help us to respond to all forms of violence and discrimination against women.

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Ms BO Dlamini, MP

Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women

Date:

17 September 2018 - NW2483

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van der Merwe, Ms LL to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(1)What is the total number of international trips that (a) she and (b) her department’s officials undertook since she took office on 26 February 2018; (2) what was the total costs of each international trip in terms of the airline used, class of travel, travel and subsistence budget and any other related cost; (3) what are the names and other relevant details of members of staff in her Office and other departmental officials who undertook each international trip; (4) what (a) was the purpose of each international trip, (b) were the expertise of the officials attending the international meetings or conferences, (c) value did the officials add to the conferences and (d) were the outcomes of each international trip undertaken; (5) will she provide Ms L L van der Merwe with a detailed report of each conference attended overseas? NW2634E

Reply:

a) The total number of international trips that were undertaken since the Minister took office on 26 February 2018 was five and the Minster attended one.

Refer to table below for response on bullet 2 & 3

No

Date

Destination

Purpose of trip

Officials

Air Travel

Accommodation

(all officials)

Travel and Subsistence

 

 

 

 

Name

Unit

Class

Cost

 

 

1

12 – 23 March 2018

New York

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62)

Minister BO Dlamini – (10-19 Mar 2018)

Ministry

Business

R91 351

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R1 138 445

R30 475

Thokozani Dlamini - (10-19 Mar 2018)

Adult family member as per the Ministerial Handbook Chapter 6, 3.1

Business

R91 351

R27 712

Ms WR Tshabalala

DDG: Social Transformation & Economic Empowerment

Business

R153 359

R22 075

Ms A Griessel

DDG: Policy, Stakeholder Coordination & Knowledge Management

Business

R153 359

R22 075

L Oliphant

Ministry – Stakeholder

Business

R70 381

R22 075

Ms M Mefolo - (10-19 Mar 2018)

Ministry – Parliamentary Liaison Officer

Business

R118 799

R22 075

Ms E Maluleke

CD: Governance Transformation, Justice & Security

Business

R153 359

R22 075

Ms T Khosa

Dir: International Relations

Business

R153 359

R22 075

2

3 – 4 May 2018

Mauritius

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Women’s Economic Empowerment Preparatory Workshop

Mr P Maponyane

Assistant Director: Economic Empowerment & Participation

Economy

R13 788

 

 

R8 400

RR2 726

Ms N Shitlhango

Senior Admin Officer: International Relations

Economy

R13 788

R2 726

3

7 – 9 May 2018

Addis Ababa

3rd Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Women Empowerment

Ms XV Mathobela

CD: Office of the Director-General

Economy

R32 839

 

R31 000

R4 427

Mr B Thompson

Assistant Director: Strategic Management

Economy

R32 839

R3 830

4

10 – 11 May 2018

Addis Ababa

3rd Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Women Empowerment - Minister’s Meeting

Ms E Maluleke

CD: Governance Transformation, Justice & Security

Economy

R32 425

R15 500

R2 947

5

27 – 28 June 2018

Kenya

UN Regional Consultation on the Progress to Localize Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Ms A Griessel

DDG: Policy, Stakeholder Coordination & Knowledge Management

Economy

R68 345

 

 

R0

Ms ER Mailula

Senior Admin Officer: Office of the DDG – Social Transformation & Economic Empowerment

Economy

R10 974

R4 303

 

 

Refer to table for response on bullet 4

No

Date

Destination

A - Purpose of trip

Official

B - Expertise of official

C – Value add of official

D – Outcome of trip

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 – 23 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister BO Dlamini

Executive Authority

Provided strategic direction and leadership at the conference

A CSW report has been compiled and shared with relevant stakeholders, and currently being shared with all relevant government clusters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thokozani Dlamini

Adult family member as per the Ministerial Handbook Chapter 6, 3.1

Adult family member as per the Ministerial Handbook Chapter 6, 3.1

Ms WR Tshabalala

Strategist in gender issues and policy matters

Provided strategic and technical support to the Minister, Deputy Ministers and MECs who attended

Supervised officials on the work programme, and managed content development led the SA negotiation team

Ms A Griessel

Policy developer, analyst and M& E expertise

Provision of technical and content support to the Minister and part of the negotiation team

L Oliphant

Media expertise

Served as media liaison officer in collaboration with GCIS and DIRCO

Ms M Mefolo

Secretarial expertise

Ministerial Aid

D – Outcome of trip

Ms E Maluleke

Gender expert and strategist on mainstreaming

Provided technical support on content development including side events and participated during negotiations

A CSW report has been compiled and shared with relevant stakeholders, and currently being shared with all relevant government clusters

 

 

 

Ms T Khosa

International relations expertise

Provided International relations expertise and liaison with Embassy

2

3 – 4 May 2018

Mauritius

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Women’s Economic Empowerment Preparatory Workshop

Mr P Maponyane

An economist

Provided technical support on economic analysis regarding opportunities within the IORA region for women

Ms N Shitlhango

Support staff

Provided administrative support to the assistant director

3

7 – 9 May 2018

Addis Ababa

3rd Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Women Empowerment

Ms XV Mathobela

Ensure the issues negotiated upon and agreed upon find expression in the strategic plan(s) of the department

A strategic officer responsible for strategic planning in the department

Mr B Thompson

Strategic Planning Officer

An officer responsible for strategic planning in the department

4

10 – 11 May 2018

Addis Ababa

3rd Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Women Empowerment - Minister’s Meeting

Ms E Maluleke

Gender expert and strategist on mainstreaming

Provided technical support on content development including side events and participated during negotiations

A CSW/62 report has been compiled and shared with relevant stakeholders, and currently being shared with all relevant government clusters

 

5

27 – 28 June 2018

Kenya

UN Regional Consultation on the Progress to Localize Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Ms A Griessel

Policy developer, analyst and M& E expertise

Provision of technical and content support to the Minister and part of the negotiation team

Ms ER Mailula

Support staff

Provided administrative support to the Deputy Director General

Apart from the CSW/62 session there are international resolutions agreed upon on all sessions attended and negotiated upon, and are found on the web site of each conference/session.

Reply

 

 

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Date………………………..

 

 

 

17 September 2018 - NW2582

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Khawula, Mr M to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

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

Reply:

1. (a)(i) There are two Deputy Directors – General (DDGs) in the Department.

(ii)There are six Chief Directors in the Department and two Chief Directors in the Ministry whose employment contracts are linked to the term of office of the Minister.

(aa) The two DDGs and six Chief Directors are all employed on permanent basis. One of the DDG is currently the Acting Director General.

(b) Two DDGs are women and six Chief Directors are women. Out of eight Chief Directors; two are currently on suspension. There is one Acting Chief Director in the position of the suspended Chief Director: Cooperate Management; and no one acting in the position of Chief Director: Stakeholder Coordination and Outreach. Subsequently; there no capacity in the Stakeholder Coordination and Outreach Unit particularly the coordination of dialogues which are facilitated by the office of the Minister.

2. There are no entities reporting to the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women. The level of human resources head is Deputy Director and if there is a need he reports to the Minister.                                              

 

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Date………………………..

27 June 2018 - NW2054

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(1)Whether all members of the senior management service (SMS) in her Office had declared their interests for the past year as required by the Public Service Regulations; if not, (a) why not, (b) what number of the specified members did not declare their interests and (c) what are the (i) names and (ii) ranks of the specified noncompliant members of the SMS; (2) Whether noncompliant SMS members have been charged; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) What number (a) of employees in her Office at each post level are currently suspended on full salary and (b) of the specified employees at each post level have been suspended for the specified number of days (details furnished); (4) What is the total amount of cost attached to the days of service lost as a result of the suspensions in each specified case? NW2208E

Reply:

1.All SMS members declared their interests in the past year as required by the Public Service Regulations.

2. N/A

3. a). Number of suspended employees is four (4)

b).

Post Level

No. of suspension days

15

644

14

107

14

90

12

105

4. A total costs to the days is R 3 305 362

28 November 2017 - NW3598

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Whether her department has put any mechanisms and/or programmes in place to combat the practices of (a) female gender mutilation, (b) forced marriages and (c) child marriages (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

a) The Department is unable to respond to section (b) of the main question as there is no phenomenon such as female gender mutilation.

b) Forced marriages are not allowed and it’s the same as kidnapping, abduction therefore we have a court ruling on the Jezile matter.

c) Child marriages are within the purview of the department of Home Affairs and the question should be directed to that department.

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Date……………………….

28 November 2017 - NW3617

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Whether (a) her Office and/or (b) any entity reporting to her own land; if so, in each case, (i) where is each plot of land located, (ii) what is the size of each specified plot and (iii) what is each plot currently being used for?

Reply:

Not applicable.

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Date……………………….

28 November 2017 - NW3595

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(a) What is the total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid by (i) her Office and (ii) each entity reporting to her for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days and (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case?

Reply:

a) The number of invoices currently remaining unpaid by:

(i) The Department:

aa) 30 days - None

bb) 60 days - None

cc) 90 days - None

dd) 120 days - 1 Invoice for Department of Public Works

(ii) Entity - Not applicable

b) R2,812,015.89

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Date……………………….

17 October 2017 - NW2907

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What is the detailed (a) breakdown of and (b) valuation for current and non-current assets and investments held by (i) her Office and (ii) each entity reporting to her according to (aa) listed assets (aaa) directly held and (bbb) indirectly held and (bb) unlisted investments (aaa) directly held and (bbb) indirectly held by each of the entities, in each case breaking the current assets and investments down by 0-3 months,3-6 months, 6-12 months and beyond 12 months?

Reply:

 

Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….

17 October 2017 - NW3026

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(1)What is the (a) total amount that was paid out in bonuses to employees in her Office and (b) detailed breakdown of the bonus that was paid out to each employee in each salary level in the 2016-17 financial year; (2) what is the (a) total estimated amount that will be paid out in bonuses to employees in her Office and (b) detailed breakdown of the bonus that will be paid out to each employee in each salary level in the 2017-18 financial year?

Reply:

 

Approved by the Minister on

Date……………………….

28 June 2017 - NW1886

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Whether (a) her office and (b) each entity reporting to her appointed transaction advisors for tenders in the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016; if so, (i) who were the transaction advisors that were appointed for the tenders, (ii) for which tenders were they appointed, (iii) what was the pricing for the tenders in question and (iv) what amount were the transaction advisors paid?

Reply:

Not applicable

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Date………………………..

19 June 2017 - NW1797

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

(1)Which entities reporting to her (a) have a board in place and (b) do not have a board in place, (i) of those that have a board, (aa) when was each individual board member appointed and (bb) when is the term for each board lapsing and (ii) how many (aa) board members are there in each board and (bb) of those board members of each entity are female; (2) with reference to entities that do not have boards in place, (a) who is responsible for appointing the board and (b) when will a board be appointed? NW2005E

Reply:

Not applicable.

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Approved by the Minister on

Date………………………..

19 June 2017 - NW1780

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Robinson, Ms D to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Does (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister or (c) any of the heads of entities or bodies reporting to her make use of security services paid for by the State for (i) him/herself, (ii) his/her immediate family members or (iii) any of their staff  members; in each case (aa) what are the reasons for it, (bb) from which department or entity’s budget is the security services being paid, and (cc) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. Please refer to Ministerial Handbook.
  2. and (c) not applicable.

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Date………………………..

19 June 2017 - NW1745

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Mackenzie, Mr C to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Whether any staff of (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her were awarded any contracts or agreements to conduct business with any state entity in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years; if so, what are the (aa)(aaa) names and (bbb) professional designations of the staff members and (bb)(aaa) details of the contract(s) and/or agreement(s) awarded and (bbb) amounts in each case?

Reply:

Not applicable.

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01 June 2017 - NW1512

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Whether (a) her Office and (b) each entity reporting to her procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company (name furnished) or (ii) any other public relations firms; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments?

Reply:

(a)(b) Not applicable.

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29 May 2017 - NW1243

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Steyn, Ms A to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Whether (a) her Office and (b) each entity reporting to her has (i) procured any services from and/or (ii) made any payments to the Decolonisation Foundation; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) were the total costs, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of the costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of the payments in each case?

Reply:

(a), (b) Not applicable

 

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16 March 2017 - NW476

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

Whether her office procured any services from and/or made any payments to (a) Mr MzwaneleManyi, (b) the Progressive Professionals Forum, (c) the Decolonisation Fund and/or (d) the Black Business Council; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what (i) services were procured, (ii) was the total cost, (iii) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (iv) was the total amount paid, (v) was the purpose of the payments and (vi) is the detailed breakdown of such payments in each case?

Reply:

 

(a), (b), (c), and (d), No services were procured and/or payments made.

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14 March 2017 - NW380

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Women in the Presidency

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and (ii) her deputy (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

The Department of Women procured an official vehicle for the Minister as follows:

 

(i)(aa)(aaa)

(ii)(aa)(aaa)

 (i)(aa)(bbb) and (ii)(aa)(bbb) and (bb)

(a)

BMW

N/A

No official vehicle was procured during the 2015/ 16 FY and since 1 April 2016

(b)

GT 550

N/A

 

(c)

R926 007.61

N/A

 

(d)

06-Feb-15

N/A

 

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14 October 2016 - NW2114

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McLoughlin, Mr AR to ask the Minister in The Presidency: Women

What amount did (a) her Office and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa) television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations (aaa) in the 2015-16 financial year and (bbb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

Not applicable.

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04 October 2016 - NW2079

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister in The Presidency: Women

(1)Whether each Head of Department (HOD) of her department signed a performance agreement since their appointment; if not, (a) what is the total number of HODs who have not signed performance agreements, (b) what is the reason in each case, (c) what action has she taken to rectify the situation and (d) what consequences will the specified HOD face for failing to sign the performance agreements; if so, (i) when was the last performance assessment of each HOD conducted and (ii) what were the results in each case; (2) whether any of the HODs who failed to sign a performance agreement received a performance bonus since their appointment; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) at what rate and (b) what criteria were used to determine the specified rate; (3) whether any of the HODs who signed a performance agreement received a performance bonus since their appointment; if so, (a) at what rate and (b) what criteria were used to determine the rate?

Reply:

  1. Yes
  2. Not applicable.
  3. Not applicable

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04 October 2016 - NW2044

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Figg, Mr MJ to ask the Minister in The Presidency: Women

What formal qualifications does each of her department’s (a)(i) Chief Financial Officers and/or (ii) acting Chief Financial Officers and (b)(i) Directors-General and/or (ii) acting Directors-General possess?

Reply:

(a)(i) B. Compt. (transferred to another Department at the end of September 2016)

(b)(i) Master of Arts (Sociology) and Masters in Security Studies.

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01 June 2016 - NW1534

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)Whether her department was approached by any political party for any form of funding (a) in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2016; if so, what are the relevant details in each case;

Reply:

  1. Not applicable.
  2. Not applicable.

 

 

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01 June 2016 - NW1569

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(a) What amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in the 2015-16 financial year and (b) how much has (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her budgeted for advertising in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

(a) (i) The department spent R4, 477,235 on advertising in the 2015-16 financial year.

(ii) Not applicable

(b) (i) The department has budgeted R1, 603,000 for advertising in the 2016-17 financial year.

(ii) Not applicable

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