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06 January 2021 - NW2874

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) total number of traditional leaders receive any form of payment from the State, (b) is the provincial distribution of the specified traditional leaders and (c) total amount has the State paid to the traditional leaders over the past five financial years?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is advised that the question asked would require the collation of the latest information from provinces to ensure that a comprehensive response is provided. Accordingly, the Department of Traditional Affairs has written to its Provincial counterparts for them to furnish us with the requested information. The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information once it has been availed by Provinces.

06 January 2021 - NW2875

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Khawula, Ms MS to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether her department has put any mechanism in place to monitor the performance of traditional leaders; if not, why not; if so, what consequences are there for traditional leaders who ignore their communities, but collect pay checks from the State?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is advised that the question asked would require the collation of the latest information from provinces to ensure that a comprehensive response is provided. Accordingly, the Department of Traditional Affairs has written to its Provincial counterparts for them to furnish us with the requested information. The Honourable Member will be provided with the requested information once it has been availed by Provinces.

06 January 2021 - NW2374

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1552 on 2 December 2019, she (a) was able to obtain the information and (b) will furnish Mr M Waters with all the correspondence sent from her office requesting such information? Reference of the question PQ 1552: Published 15 November 2019 Mr Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs: (1) What number of cable thefts did the City of Ekurhuleni experienced (a) in the (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2019; (2) What (a) total number of cases were reported with the SA Police Service and (b) are the case numbers of the specified cases; (3) Whether the City of Ekurhuleni is insured against cable theft; if not, why not; if so, does the insurance company require a case number before each claim is paid out? NW2877E

Reply:

1. (a) 2016-2017 City of Ekurhuleni recorded 640 cable theft incidents.

(b) 2017-2018 City of Ekurhuleni recorded 601 cable theft incidents.

c) 2018-2019 City of Ekurhuleni recorded 627 cable theft incidents.

d) Since 1 April 2019 estimated theft incidents are in excess of 1000.

2. (a) See attached.  

b) See attached.

3. The insurance cover for cable theft is included in the first kilometre from the insured premises, and the insurance broker does require a case number.

The policy wording on transmission and distribution lines reads that all equipment and transmission lines other than those on or within one kilometre from the insured structure/premises are excluded from the cover.

06 November 2020 - NW2301

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to an overall decrease of 3% on the Traditional Affairs budget allocation in February this year and a further decrease of R2, 1 million, what has she found to be the reasons behind the specified further decrease?

Reply:

There was no overall decrease of 3% on the Traditional Affairs budget allocation in February this year. However, as part of the 2020 Special Adjustment, in June an amount of R3 million was suspended from the allocation of the Department. This was for purposes of supporting the COVID-19 macro-economic stimulus response.

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29 October 2020 - NW2402

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

How will she ensure that immediate measures are taken by her department to limit the use of consultant firms in compiling financial statements in municipalities in order to reduce unnecessary expenditure?

Reply:

Capacity gap is one of the root causes for use of consultants by municipalities. The Department is in the process of promulgating Municipal Staff Regulations, which set out uniform standards for staff members below the senior management level. The regulations includes amongst others:

    • Providing a governance framework for appointment of municipal employees with the necessary technical and professional skills;
    • Incorporates a competency framework occupational classes in local government that regulates minimum standards for recruitment, selection, appointment, performance management laying the basis for skills audit and skills development programmes.

In addition, the Department will roll out a training in 2020/21 financial year on the implementation of Municipal Staff Regulations.

While the Department focus on the governance and institutional matters that seeks to address capacity gap, the National Treasury provides measures and capacity building to municipalities on financial reporting including preparation of annual financial statements.

I THANK YOU.

29 October 2020 - NW2404

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What are the mechanisms that her department has put in place to ensure that the City of Ekurhuleni is supported and its capacity strengthened to manage and pay its water bill in full for each month since 1 July 2020? NW2998E

Reply:

The Provincial CoGTA Department together with Gauteng Provincial Treasury has already set up a Government Debt Management Committee. The objectives of the Committee are to fast-track payment of monies owed to Municipalities by National and Provincial Government Department. The committee meets on a quarterly basis and the National CoGTA plays an oversight. The Government Debt Management Committee comprises of at least:

  • Official representatives of all owing National and Provincial Departments
  • Debt Managers from Parastatals (Rand Water, Eskom, Prasa, Telkom and Transnet),
  • Revenue Managers from all Municipalities.

The Provincial CoGTA Department is planning to deploy revenue experts specifically within the City to assist the City to facilitate the integration of Revenue Enhancement and Debtor Management. Furthermore, the experts will develop Integrated Revenue enhancement and debtor Management and support its implementation. The Municipality is paying within 30 days as per the legislative definition of a current account.

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12 October 2020 - NW2123

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she has been informed that participants of the Community Work Programme received their remuneration late for the third consecutive month and that the implementing agents blame her department for the delay of payments; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the reasons for the delay in payments?

Reply:

The payment process was adjusted as CWP Sites had to be closed in compliance with restrictions. As a result, the process of capturing CWP Participants Wage Payment information, which is undertaken at CWP sites could not be undertaken as normal. This required that the capturing of CWP Participants Wage Payment information undertaken at CWP sites, be transferred to DCoG headquarters (CWP Data Centre) for processing. It is important to note that the CWP Data Centre officials were also themselves observing the COVID-19 Lockdown restrictions. This meant that the CWP Data Centre capacity had to be reduced as per the COVID-19 regulations, and therefore could not operate at full capacity; andonce the CWP Sites resume activities, all processes will automatically go back to normal.

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12 October 2020 - NW2098

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, prior to the amendment of the lockdown regulations promulgated on 20 April 2020, she relied on any (a) statutory, (b) regulatory and/or (c) other grounds on which the sale of cooked hot food was prohibited under Level 5 of the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) & (b) In the quest to contribute to protecting the public from the negative effects of Covid-19, the Minister relied on Section 27(2)(n) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002).

(c) The Minister, through the NATJOINTS structures obtained advice and a legal opinion on the matter. The principle of the matter was also consulted with Cabinet Ministers through the various structures. The regulations were subsequently amended to bring legal clarity on the matter with a view to contribute to limiting the frequency of peoples’ movement in order to contribute towards flattening the curve of infections.

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12 October 2020 - NW2126

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether her department is currently developing a (a) Green Paper and/or (b) White Paper on local government; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) are the objectives, (ii) is the nature and (iii) is the extent of the policy review being contemplated?

Reply:

The Department of Cooperative Governance is currently not developing

a) A Green Paper and/or a

b) A White Paper on local government.

The Department is implementing the District Development Model (DDM) as approved by Cabinet on 21 August 2019. The DDM is designed to improve collaborative planning amongst the three spheres of government, and the establishment of a One District,One Plan and One Budget for each of the 44 districts and 8 metros.The Department is reviewing several of its legislations and is developing regulations and frameworks to strengthen these legislations. These include but are not limited to:

  • Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Bill, 2019. The objectives of the Amendment Bill are to inter alia:
    • Assist municipalities to build the skills base necessary to exercise their powers and perform their functions by appointing suitably qualified people and competent senior managers; and
    • To professionalise local public administrations.
  • Local Government Demarcation Bill, 2020 to provide for, amongst other, criteria and procedures for the determination and redetermination of municipal and ward boundaries, as well as the establishment of an Appeals Authority.
  • An amendment of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act, 117 of 1998, to amongst other issues:
    • Provide for a minimum of 10 councillors per municipality;
    • Provide for the prohibition of a councillor who was found guilty of a breach of the code of conduct for councillors for a period of two years;
    • Provide for additional functions of the speaker;
    • Provide for a whip of municipal council;
    • Clarify the formula for the composition of an executive committee; and
    • Provide for a Code of Conduct for Councillors.
  • A review of Sections 84 and 85 of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 117 of 1998 and the development of regulations to guide the ministerial authorization and revocation of powers and functions in terms of section 84(3) of the Local Government: Municipal Structures act, 117 of 1998.

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12 October 2020 - NW1881

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she will introduce legislation to remove the powers of municipalities to grant permission to extend alcohol trading hours beyond national regulations and allow sales at school events, taking into consideration the lessons learnt during the pandemic that increasing alcohol trading hours increases alcohol-related harm; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, I will notintroduce legislation to remove the powers of municipalities to grant permission to extend alcohol trading hours beyond national regulations. The Minister is however aware of the Liquor Products Amendment Bill and the Liquor Amendment Bill [B10B-2016] but would not be able to provide the requested details as these draft piece of legislation does not fall within the policy or legislative mandate assigned to the Minister of COGTA. Accordingly, it is best if the question is directed at the Minister for Trade, Industry and Competition who is best placed to provide a response in terms of the draft Bill and the national liquor policy.

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12 October 2020 - NW1560

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What actions will her department take to recover the R3 billion in irregular expenditure incurred by the O.R. Tambo District Municipality.

Reply:

Section 32(2) of the Municipal Finance Management Act outline the process of treating irregular expenditure, which requires the municipality to recover irregular expenditure from the person liable for that expenditure unless the expenditure certified by the municipal council, after investigation by a council committee, as irrecoverable and written off by the council.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Cogta issued a notice to invoke section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act on the 17 June 2020 to investigate allegations of irregular expenditure. The Department will collaborate with the Province to ensure that the municipality complies with section 32(2) of the Municipal Finance Management Act which requires investigation of irregular expenditure.

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12 October 2020 - NW1919

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) Whether the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) meets the remedial obligations as set out in the Public Protectors report No 58 (details furnished); if not, why not and (b) what action does she intend taking to ensure that they fulfil the remedial action dictated by the Public Protector; if so, what action did the CoE take in respect of each individual’s remedial action dictated by the Public Protector?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the City of Ekurhuleni:

a) Yes, the City of Ekurhuleni meets the remedial obligations as set out in the Public Protector’s report No 58.

b) The following actions were taken by the CoE in respect of the Public Protector’s Report No 58:

No

Remedial as per Report No 58

Remedial action taken by the CoE

7.1

Within sixty (60) working days from the date of this report, disclose all irregular expenditure to the Council, Treasury and Auditor General incurred by Municipality in connection with the irregular appointment of Mr Mulder to the position of a Divisional Head Maintenance.

City of Ekurhuleni quarterly presents a report to Council on Unauthorised, Irregular, Fruitless and Wasteful (UIFW) expenditure as part of the SCM Policy implementation report which is quarterly sent to the provincial CoGTA, provincial Treasury and National Treasury.

7.2

Within 60 working days from the date of this report ensure that the Recruitment and Selection Policy of the Municipality is amended to provide for clarity and clear policy direction on the head-hunting process within the Municipality.

The revised Recruitment and Selection Policy of the City has already been presented at the Corporate and Share Service Oversight Workshop and is being processed to be presented before Council for approval in the near future.

7.3

Disciplinary processes are instituted against Ms Lerato Gumbi and Ms Mbali Makara within 60 working days from the date of this report, as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of section 2 of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members for allowing Mr Mulder to be interviewed after a period of eight months without adhering to proper recruitment and selection processes of the Municipality. However, Dr Mashazi should not be part of the disciplinary proceedings herself since she was a panel member of the interview herself.

No disciplinary proceeding could be instituted against Ms Lerato Gumbi and Ms Mbali Makara as Ms Gumbi resigned from the City several years before report No 58 was finalised and Ms Makara (an observer during the interview of Mr Mulder) was never employed by the City.

7.4

Within sixty (60) working days from the date of this report, She (City Manager) initiates a judicial review process as prescribed in terms of sections 6 and 7 of the PAJA to set aside the appointment of Mr Mulder on the basis that he was irregularly appointed as per the job advertisement.

The Judicial Review Process which recommended against the appointment of Mr Mulder could not be embarked upon as his appointment and contract pertinent to the findings in Report 58 had long been terminated by the time the report was issued.

7.5

Disciplinary processes as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of schedule 2 of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members are instituted against Dr I Mashazi within 60 working days from the date of this for allowing Mr Mulder to be interviewed after a period of eight months without adhering to proper recruitment and selection processes of the Municipality. According to the schedule 2 of the Code of conduct of the municipal staff members, Dr I Mashazi acted contrary to section 2 (d) as she failed to act in the best interest of the Municipality during the appointment of Mr Mulder and such conduct compromised the credibility and integrity of the Municipality.

There was a disciplinary process and report was compiled and sent to Council advising on the outcome.

7.6

Disciplinary processes as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members, are instituted against Mr Myeza for the final award of tender number A-IS (RW) 03-2012 for the upgrading and construction of roads and storm water infrastructure, without adhering to procurement processes as provided for in the MFMA.

Disciplinary processes could not be undertaken against the said individual because he left the employ of the City.

7.7

Disciplinary processes as envisaged in section 67 (1) (h) of the Code of conduct of municipal staff members, are instituted against Mr Mulder, Mr van der Merwe, Mr Mohlabi, Mr Strydom, Mr Myeza and Mr Rautenbach for issuing appointment letters and making payments to contrators regarding tender number A-IS (RW) 05-2012 which was not approved by the former Municipal Manager: Mr Ngema.

Disciplinary processes could not be undertaken against the said individuals because all had left the employ of the City.

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12 October 2020 - NW2124

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) is the rationale behind budget cuts in infrastructure spending for the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) programmes and (b) will the MISA budget be repurposed for?

Reply:

a) The budget cuts were effected by National Treasury in response to COVID-19 needs. MISA has allocated the budget cuts mainly under subsistence and travel allowance and depreciation. It should be noted that all infrastructure related projects that MISA is implementing in support of municipalities will not be affected by the budget reduction of R5.9million.

b) Based on discussions held with National Treasury, there was no indication that MISA’s budget will be repurposed for as the budget cuts were effected throughout the whole CoGTA portfolio and other departments.

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12 October 2020 - NW1967

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance andTraditional Affairs

On what facts did she rely to take the decision to end drought relief, considering that someareas of the Republic are still drought-stricken and in great need of the relief assistance; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter. NW2521E

Reply:

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) did not take a decision to end drought relief. The national state of disaster lapsed on 04 July 2020 according to its legislated timeframe. Kindly note that the decision not to extend the state of disaster was informed by the fact that pockets of drought that still exist in some parts of the country can be managed through existing legislation and contingency arrangements.

It is important to indicate that implementation of drought relief measures by relevant organs of state is currently underway with funding and resources from disaster grants within COGTA and budgets and grants of line-function organs of state to address drought and water scarcity conditions.

It is however important to note that disaster management cannot solely be achieved through disaster relief measures but the underpinning principle is disaster risk reduction measures which require of all relevant role players to prepare and implement Disaster Management Plans to mitigate the effects of any disaster including drought and water scarcity conditions. As such the declaration of a state of disaster is only an interim interventionist measure which cannot serve as a mainstay for managing disaster risks.

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12 October 2020 - NW1966

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

In light of the apparent growing number of municipalities that do not pay their employees’ medical aid and retirement fund contributions to the various retirement and medial aid funds, what steps are being taken by her department to ensure that all contributions are timeously paid, so that municipal employees are not being prejudiced and excluded from medical care through their medical funds and from receiving their just benefits from their retirement funds. (2) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?NW2520E

Reply:

1. Section 216 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996) provides that the National Treasury must enforce compliance measures to ensure both transparency and expenditure control in each sphere of government, by introducing generally recognised accounting practice, uniform expenditure classifications and uniform treasury norms and standards. All municipal bills fall within the scope of the National Treasury, therefore National Treasury not the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is in better position to respond the question correctly.

2. No. National Treasury which administers the legislation referred to above is better placed to issue a statement, if necessary.

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12 October 2020 - NW1745

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether municipalities currently provide free basic electricity under programmes other than the Free Basic Electricity programme; if not, why not; if so, (a) to whom and (b) what are the relevant details; (2) whether the installation and maintenance of electricity prepaid meters would be (a) subsidised by municipalities or (b) free under certain parameters; if not, why not; if so, (i) under what parameters and (ii) what are the relevant details; (3) whether municipalities prescribe electricity tariffs and rates to consumers in order to ensure that the most vulnerable and indigent communities receive free basic electricity; if not, why not; if so, (a) in what manner and (b) what are the relevant details?NW2131E

Reply:

1. The local government equitable share supports Government’s policy on free basic electricity programme by providing funding for municipalities to deliver free basic services like electricity, water, sanitation and refuse removal to poor households.

2. The installation of prepaid meters is still at pilot phase now and as such the Department does not have details in terms of costs hence it cannot determine whether government will subsidise the cost or not.

3. No. Because municipalities are charging tariffs in terms of their tariffs policies approved by councils and have to be cost reflective.

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12 October 2020 - NW1338

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What measures has she taken to intervene in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality under section 139(7) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996, and/or any other empowering provision in respect of the (a) prolonged suspension of the municipal manager since September 2018, (b) failure of the municipal council to elect an executive mayor since December 2019 and (c) purported appointment of and/or assumption of office by a councillor in the position of an acting executive mayor?

Reply:

Section 139(7) of the Constitution was never invoked in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. In the 2018/19 financial year, the City experienced political challenges which resulted in the City Manager being suspended in October 2018 and the Mayor being removed from his position in December 2019. Based on the above challenges the National, Provincial COGTA, National Treasury and SALGA together with the Metro developed a Section154 support plan to ensure that the Metro remains functional so as to continue providing services to the communities. The support plan focused on service delivery, financial management, governance and service delivery.

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28 September 2020 - NW1988

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, the reference to the (a) last week of July 2020 and (b) first week of August 2020, the Deputy Minister, Mr Alvin Botes travelled to the (i) Karoo and (ii) Garden Route district on official business; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (aa) how did the Deputy Minister reach the destination, (bb) what total amount did the specified trip cost, (cc) who paid for the trip and (dd)what was the programme of the Deputy Minister while on the trip ?

Reply:

  1. No, Deputy Minister Botes did not travel over the last week of July 2020.
  1. (i) and (ii) The Deputy Minister travelled to the Karoo and Garden Route district on official business from 2 to 7 August 2020.

(aa) Deputy Minister Botes travelled by road
(bb) R31 935.

(cc) The Office of the Deputy Minister covered the cost of the trip

(dd) The program/engagements over the period to assess responses to Covid 19 and Gender Based violence (GBV).

09 September 2020 - NW1412

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

By what date will her department start the process of introducing amending legislation in Parliament to Chapter 12 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, including subsections (a) (211) (1) and (b) (212)(1) in light of the fact that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, signed the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act, Act 3 of 2019, in December 2019? NW1783E

Reply:

 

There has never before been enabling provisions for the statutory recognition of the Khoi- San communities and leaders or for the establishment of Khoi-San structures. It is for this reason that the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act, Act 3 of 2019 (hereinafter referred to as the TKLA) was enacted. The TKLA, amongst others, makes provision for the recognition of Khoi-San communities and leaders, provided they meet the criteria contained in the Act. The Department does not intend to introduce legislation in Parliament amending Chapter 12 of the Constitution. The TKLA contains comprehensive provisions relating to the Khoi-San and it is, in our view, not necessary to amend Chapter 12 of the Constitution.

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09 September 2020 - NW1763

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

.Whether, with reference to the municipalities where the District Development Model (DDM) has been piloted since 2019, a report has been compiled about the successes and failures of the DDM in each specified municipality, if not (a) is a report of this nature in progress and (b) by what date will it be published; if so, what have been the most significant findings about each municipality and the DDM in general? NW2153E

Reply:

Cabinet approved the District Development Model on the 21 August 2019, to be firstly piloted in OR Tambo District Municipality, Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality and Waterberg District Municipality. The first phase consisted of launches by the President in the following order, 17 September 2019, 18 October 2019 and 26 November 2019.

The establishment phase comprised mainly of five areas of work.

  • The development of profiles for the three pilots,
  • Soliciting government (national, province and local) and parastatal projects, programmes and expenditure in the three pilots,
  • Soliciting private sector investment where possible,
  • Hosting an event where the pilot is launched,
  • Intergovernmental engagement and hosting of business and community engagements;
  • Implementing post launch programmes such as, conducting a skills gap and institutional capacity analysis;

It is therefore still premature to identify successes and failures in the District pilot sites as per the question of the Honourable member.

End.

09 September 2020 - NW1592

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she has been informed about the letter that was allegedly written by an official of the National Treasury to the SA Local Government Association (Salga) requesting Salga to apply on behalf of municipalities for exemption from annual salary increases for municipal officials in light of the adverse financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, whether (a) a certain person (name furnished) and/or (b) any other employee of her department was copied in the specified letter and/or substantially similar request to Salga; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; what is her department’s position on the National Treasury’s request that Salga applies on behalf of municipalities for exemption from annual salary increases for municipal officials in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic; whether any municipalities have applied to the SA Local Government Bargaining Council for such an exemption; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

 

    1. Yes, the contents of the letter were brought to my attention.
    1. (a) and (b) Yes, the then Acting Director-General of the Department was copied in the letter.
    1. The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) is a registered employer organisation in the bargaining council designated for municipalities in terms of section 30 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, representing municipalities that are affiliated to it in the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC). As regards, the National Treasury’ request for SALGA to apply for exemption of municipal employees from the 2020/21 annual salary increases, the letter conform to the labour laws of the Republic. It is incumbent upon SALGA in its capacity as the employer representative to use its internal protocols to consult with the relevant municipalities or the mandating structures before embarking on the application referred to in National Treasury’ letter.

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    1. Clause 11 of the 2018 - 2021 Salary and Wage Collective Agreement concluded on 15 August 2018 read in conjunction with the Constitution of the SALGBC impose an obligation on municipalities applying for exemptions to lodge their applications with the General-Secretary of the Council and to forward copies to the national offices of the Independent Municipal Allied Workers Union (IMATU) and the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), not the Minister.

09 September 2020 - NW1311

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

1. Whether, with reference to the negative economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on communities at large, her department is considering to (a) implement measures to assist municipal ratepayers and/or recommending any prescripts for municipalities to this effect, (b) review the salary structures of some municipalities with excessively large salary expenditure, (c) abolish superfluous posts and (d) institute retrenchment processes where necessary; 2. whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

    1. (a) To assist the municipal pandemic response, R11 billion has been added to the local government equitable share. These funds will allow municipalities to maintain existing services despite a temporary decline in revenue collections. They will also cover some additional expenses incurred in responding to the pandemic, including providing temporary shelter for homeless people during the lockdown.

These additions have been factored into the basic services component by increasing the number of poor households by 13.9 per cent and increasing the community services component by 41.5 per cent. The increase in the basic services component amounts to R7.5 billion. As a result, an additional 1.4 million poor households can be provided with free basic services, up from 10.4 million households in the 2020 Budget, if they become indigent as a result of a loss of income during the pandemic. The community services component of the equitable share increases by R3.5 billion. The revenue adjustment factor that is applied to this component of the equitable share formula ensures that this increase will benefit poor and rural municipalities with little capacity to raise own revenue. The total allocation for the community services component increased by 32 per cent. This component funds a range of services that are part of the pandemic response, including municipal health services, and services to cemeteries and crematories. Details about the structure of the components of the local government equitable share formula can be found in Annexure W1 of the 2020 Budget Review.

  1. The department does not have information of municipalities with excessive large salary expenditure.
  2. The department currently does not have information of municipalities with superfluous posts.
  3. Retrenchments are determined by employer.
    1. No.

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09 September 2020 - NW1300

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

On what statutory provisions does she rely when issuing regulations under the Disaster Management Act, Act 57 of 2002, regarded to (a) supersede any other provisions already codified in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and/or any other existing legislation, including laws that have not been repealed and/or suspended and (b) limit the operation of any provisions already codified in the Constitution and/or any other existing legislation without explicitly making mention of the existing provisions and/or suspending the existing provisions? NW1668E

Reply:

 

(a) and (b) Section 36 of the Constitution states that certain rights in the Bill of Rights may be limited only in terms of a law. In this regard the Disaster Management Act, 2002 prescribes in Section 26(2)(b) that the national executive, in dealing with a national disaster where a state of disaster has been declared by the Minister in terms of Section 27(1), must deal with the disaster in terms of existing legislation and contingency arrangements as augmented by regulations or directives made in terms of Section 27(2) of the Act.

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27 August 2020 - NW1299

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What are the full relevant details of the powers of (i) the national and (ii) each (aa) provincial and (bb) local disaster management command council in terms of the relevant statutes and regulations and (b) how do the various disaster management command councils co-ordinate to address a declared disaster?

Reply:

(a) The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is a subcommittee of Cabinet, chaired by the President. The structuresreplicated across the spheres of government established by Cabinet. The Minister of Cooperative Governance issued directionsto ensure a well-integrated and coordinated planning and response to the COVID-19, these directions provide for the establishment of the provincial and district municipality’s institutional structures with the roles and responsibilities for the Provincial and Municipal Coronavirus Command Councils. These structures are established in line with the Directions (Gazette No. 43147) issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2002.

i/ National

The National Coronavirus Command Council is a structure that is established by Cabinet and chaired by the President. The Office of the Presidency coordinates this structure and not the Department of Cooperative Governance.

ii.Provincial

The roles and responsibilities of the Province include:

  1. Establish the Provincial Command Council
  2. Establish coordinating structures at provincial level to support the national institutional arrangements.
  3. Support the establishment of joint operation centres per district and metropolitan municipality.
  4. Avail resources to supplement the capacity of the joint operation centre or the district disaster management centres.
  5. Monitor the impact of interventions and submit weekly consolidated reports to the national disaster management structures.

iii. Local

  1. Establish the District Command Council with immediate effect.
  2. Establish coordinating structures at municipal level to support the national and provincial institutional arrangements in collaboration with district and provincial administrations.
  3. Participate in joint district and provincial disaster management structures to ensure a coordinated response to COVID-19.
  4. Monitor the progress and impact of interventions in the municipality and submit weekly consolidated reports to the provincial and national disaster management structures.

(b) How do the various disaster management command councils co-ordinate measures to address a declared disaster.

The Coronavirus Command Council’s purpose is to facilitate and support implementation of the measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic across provinces and districts at political level. There are various structures at both provincial and district levels which reports to the Provincial and District Coronavirus Command Centres on the implementation of interventions and response measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1628

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) are the relevant details and (b) is the total (i) number and (ii) total amount of all disbursements made available to each province by her department in response to Covid-19 pandemic?

Reply:

a) The Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG) through the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) administers the disaster grants that are meant to provide immediate disaster relief. The department transferred the following grants to assist organs of state to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic:

  • An amount of R466 393 000.00 (R466. 3 million) was allocated from the Provincial Disaster Relief Grant to the Departments of Health in all the nine (9) provinces to procure ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE). The transfer of funds was undertaken between 30 March and 01 April 2020.

b) (i) and (ii)

Funds allocated through the Provincial Disaster Relief Grant to the Provincial Departments of Health

PROVINCES

PURPOSE

AMOUNT

Eastern Cape

Response measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic (Ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment)

R44 551 000.00

Free State

 

R12 429 000.00

Gauteng

 

R115 996 000.00

KwaZulu-Natal

 

R138 918 000.00

Limpopo

 

R42 449 000.00

Mpumalanga

 

R33 993 000.00

Northern Cape

 

R6 224 000.00

North West

 

R18 540 000.00

Western Cape

 

R53 292 000.00

Total

 

R466 392 000.00

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1460

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) Whether the Covid-9 pandemic has impacted some critical vacancies in her department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

There has been no negative impact on the Department’s ability to fill critical vacancies. The Department has been able to continue with the appointment in critical vacancies.

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1730

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Van Dyk, Ms V to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to her reply to question 794 on 18 May 2020, why is she unable to provide the information as to whether councillors who resign, informs her department of such resignations?

Reply:

  1. No.

When a person resigns as a councillor, he or she may submit their resignation to the municipality or to the political party to which the councillor may belong, for the party to then facilitate the submission of the resignation to the municipality, where after a vacancy is declared.

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1288

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, since her reply to question 392 on 1 August 2019, she has made any attempts to obtain the requested information since 2 August 2019, if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the details of the attempts, including emails, meetings and telephonic correspondence and (b) why has she failed to provide the requested information to date?

Reply:

When the reply to Parliamentary Question 2019/392 was submitted, responses received were from Gauteng and the North West provinces; a response from Limpopo was still outstanding. Limpopo province submitted additional information on 19th August 2019.

The Department continued to engage the Limpopo province requesting progress on all forensic investigations, including the Venda Building Society Mutual Bank (VBS) cases. The province submitted a progress report on forensic investigations in January 2020.

a) Engagements with the province and law enforcement agencies on VBS cases were executed through email and telephonic correspondence.

b) Additional information on VBS cases was provided through follow-up PQ2019/392 where progress from the province was included. Further, the progress report received from the province in January 2020 formed part of the report presented to the Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in March 2020 on forensic investigations in general.

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1761

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, since her reply to question 312 on 19 March 2020, she has made any attempts to obtain the requested information; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the specified attempts, including emails, meetings and telephonic correspondence and (b) why has she failed to provide the requested information to date?

Reply:

a) The official resigned from the post of Director-General with effect from 30 December 2019.

b) No severance/ and /or settlement agreement was paid.

c) No amount was paid in lieu of the specified official serving the balance of the employment agreement.

d) No performance bonus was paid to the official.

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1813

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Komane, Ms RN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

How will the comprehensive redesign of the Community Works Programme of her department support the skills of the labour force in a manner that contributes to the competitiveness of the South African economy and create sustainable decent employment?

Reply:

The redesign of the implementation model for the Community Work Programme (CWP) is aimed at achieving operational efficiencies and enhance development effectiveness. The redesign will contribute towards remodelling service delivery by refocussing the nature of useful work towards economic generating activities and those with a potential to contribute to youth employment. In this instance, business models will be explored that promote small business development opportunities for the youth. Emphasis will be on the formation of Cooperatives and training them to be viable and sustainable.

Through a partnership with the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA), the participants will conduct useful work activities supporting infrastructure maintenance with technical oversight provided through MISA engineers.

Participants will acquire critical skills that have the potential to open other livelihood opportunities as they get trained as Artisans, Plumbers, Carpenters etc. The objective is to enhance the employability and self-employment prospects for the youth beyond the CWP.

A redesigned CWP will put emphasis on value-add with regard to training and links will be established with SETAs, TVET colleges and Universities by ensuring that training provided not only assist in improving the quality of useful work performed at site level, but that it contributes towards inclusive growth by equipping participants with skills that empowers them to either enter the formal economy or to be self-employed. Preference is given to women, youth and people with disabilities.

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1289

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What are the details of the process that needs to be followed by any municipal council when investigating allegations of serious financial misconduct against a municipal manager and (b) on which statutory provisions should they rely in this regard; (2) whether she will issue a circular to provincial departments responsible for cooperative governance and traditional affairs to clarify (a) the relationship between the Disciplinary Regulations for Local Government Senior Managers based on the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000 and the Municipal Regulations on Financial Misconduct Procedures and Criminal Proceedings based on the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003, and (b) in which circumstances each is to be applied?

Reply:

1. (a) Regulations 5 and 6 of the Municipal Regulations on Financial Misconduct Procedures and Criminal Proceedings (“Municipal Financial Misconduct Regulations”)prescribe that the following processes be followed by a municipal council when investigating allegations of financial misconduct against a municipal manager:

(i) A municipality or municipal entity must develop terms of reference for an investigation within seven days of receipt of a referral from a disciplinary board for approval by council or board of directors.

(ii) A disciplinary board must conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether or not the allegation is founded and make a recommendation to council or board of directors as to whether sufficient grounds exists to warrant a full investigation into the allegation.

(iii) If the disciplinary board determines that the allegation is founded, a full investigation must be conducted by:

a) disciplinary board;

b) provincial or national treasury;

c) appropriate specialist expertise and who is not an official of the municipality or municipal entity; or

d) an independent team of investigators appointed by council or board of directors

(iv) After completion of a full investigation, the investigator must:

a) compile a report on the investigation.

b) submit a report to the mayor or chairperson of the board of directors and the accounting officer together with its findings and recommendations regarding disciplinary steps that should be taken against the alleged transgressors, if applicable; and

b) immediately inform the speaker of council of the submission of the report and submit a copy of the report to the provincial treasury and the national treasury.

(v) The mayor, speaker, accounting officer or chairperson of the board of directors must table the report of the investigation to council or board of directors at the first sitting after the report is finalised.

(vi) If the report that is tabled before council or board is amended, the person tabling the report must provide written reasons for the amendments to council or board.

(vii) If the findings or recommendations of the report are rejected by council or board, reasons for rejection must be provided to the investigator within five days of rejection.

(viii) Where the recommendations of the report regarding disciplinary steps against the alleged transgressors are not implemented, the investigator must notify the provincial treasury and the national treasury for a possible intervention in terms of regulation 19 of the Municipal Financial Misconduct Regulations.

(ix)If the investigator recommends that disciplinary proceedings be instituted against the alleged transgressor, council or board of directors must by way of resolution institute the disciplinary proceedings.

(b) The provisions as contained in the Municipal Financial Misconduct Regulations made in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 take precedent in relation to investigations of serious financial misconduct.

2. (a) No. The Municipal Systems Act Disciplinary Regulations and the Municipal Finance Management Act Municipal Financial Misconduct Regulationswere enacted into law following comprehensive consultations with the provincial treasuries, provincial departments responsible for local government and municipalities and therefore there is no evidence that municipalities confuse the relationship between the two set of regulations.

(b) The Municipal Financial Misconduct Regulations deals with reporting and investigation of financial misconduct, including criminal offences while the Municipal Systems Act Disciplinary Regulations prescribe procedures for the institution of disciplinary proceedings against municipal managers. Therefore, the two set of regulations are complementary and applied concurrently to the extent required.

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1660

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Mohlala, Ms MR to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What measures will her department implement to ensure that there is consequence management in the Sekhukhune District Municipality, where the Auditor-General’s report revealed that the Executive Mayor and a councilor are doing business with the specified municipality without declaring any interest? NW2050E

Reply:

We requested the Province to investigate the matter and report back.

End

25 August 2020 - NW1406

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What did she mean when she referred to cadres and cadre deployment in respect of her remarks to get the right cadre for the job (details furnished), (b) how does she reconcile such a policy with sections 195(1) and 197(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and section 6 of Annexure A, Part II of the Local Government: Disciplinary Regulations for Senior Managers of the Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, and (c) which (i) policy, (ii) statutory and (iii) constitutional provisions does she rely on for making such appointments in the Public Service?

Reply:

a) Appointments of municipal staff are done within the ambit of the law. Section 82 of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998 read together with section 56 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 prescribe that a person appointed as a municipal manager and manager directly accountable to municipal manager must have the relevant skills and expertise to perform the duties associated with that post. My sentiments find expression in these legislative provisions.

b) The appointment of the candidates with the relevant skills and expertise will enable municipalities to build the requisite skills, capacity and capabilities to perform their functions, promote efficient, economic and effective use of resources and accountable local public administration in line with the democratic values and principles governing Public administration as enshrined in section 195(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (“the Constitution”).

c) The authority to employ personnel in local government vests in the municipal council in terms of section 160(1)(d) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, but only subject to national and provincial legislation. As regards the appointments, municipalities relies on the following applicable pieces of legislation, statutory frameworks and policies governing local public administration and human resources:

(a) The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996;

b) The Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998;

c) The Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act (‘‘the Systems Act’’) and the following regulations promulgated in accordance with section 72 of the Systems Act:

(i) The Local Government: Regulations on Appointment and Conditions of Employment of Senior Managers, 2014 (“the Regulations”); and

(ii) The Local Government: Disciplinary Regulations for Senior Managers, 2011.

d) Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels made in terms of section 168 of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 56 of 2003; and

e) Any other applicable labour laws and legislation.

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1762

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1) (a) In which municipalities and (b) on what dates did she exercise her powers to intervene in terms of section 139(7) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, in the stead of the provincial executive since her appointment to the current portfolio? (2) What (a) was the purpose of each intervention, (b) form did each intervention take and (c) was the outcome of each intervention? NW58E

Reply:

(1)(a) Since the appointment of the Minister in her current portfolio, no municipality to date, has been subjected to an intervention in terms of section 139(7) of the Constitution.

(1)(b) and 2(a)(b)(c), these questions are not applicable, since section 139(7) of the Constitution was never invoked by the Minister in her current portfolio.

End.

28 July 2020 - NW1411

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) On what date was the first Council of Traditional Leaders established, (b) what number of leaders serve on the council, (c) what are the criteria for the traditional groups and/or leaders represented on the council, (d) on what date was the last election held, (e) what is the term of the council and (f) on what date will the next election take place; (2) whether it is necessary to restructure the council due to the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act, Act 3 of 2019, signed by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, in December 2019? NW1782E

Reply:

(1)(a) The first Council of Traditional Leaders was established on 18 April 1997 in terms of the Council of Traditional Leaders Act, 1997 (Act 10 of 1997) which was repealed by the National House of Traditional Leaders Act, 2009 (Act 22 of 2009)(the Act).

(b) Twenty three (23) Senior Traditional Leaders serve in the National House of Traditional Leaders.

(c) Section 3 of the National House of Traditional Leaders Act, 2009 (Act 22 of 2009) provides for the composition of the House. Each of the seven (7) provincial Houses of Traditional Leaders (North West, Limpopo, Free State, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape with the exception of the Western Cape Province since currently there are no recognised traditional leaders in that province) elect three 3 members to the National House of Traditional Leaders. The only two (2) officially recognised Senior Traditional Leaders in the Gauteng province represent the province in the National House. This is because section 3(2)(b) of the Act provides that “where there is no provincial house of traditional leaders but there are three or a lesser number of traditional councils performing the functions of a local house, the chairpersons of such traditional councils must be ex-officio members of the House”.

(d) The last election of members to the House was conducted during 2017 in terms of section 4 of the National House of Traditional Leaders Act, 2009 (Act 22 of 2009) which provides for each provincial House to elect three (3) members to the National House. Members elected by the seven (7) provincial Houses of Traditional Leaders and two (2) Senior Traditional Leaders from the Gauteng province were sworn into office on 09 November 2017 in Pretoria for a period of five years.

(e) The term of the National House of Traditional Leaders is five (5) years as provided by section 2 (2) of the Act.

(f) The next election of members to the National House of Traditional Leaders will take place after the expiry of the term of the current members on 30 June 2022 in terms of section 27(2) of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act, 2019 (Act No 3 of 2020) (TKLA).

(2)​ Yes, it is important, and it is a legal mandate that is informed by the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act, Act 3 of 2019, to restructure the National House of Traditional Leaders to include a number of recognised senior leaders of the Khoi-San. This will result in the National House of Traditional Leaders to be renamed the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders in terms of Sections 26, 27, 28 and 29 of the TKLA.

End.

28 July 2020 - NW1333

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) total number of cases of illegal invasion of land owned by her department was recorded by her department in each (i) province and (ii) of the past five financial years, (b) is the current status of occupation, (c) total number of persons are currently occupying the land and (d) steps has her department taken to remedy the situation in each specified case?

Reply:

a) The Department of Cooperative Governance does not own land

b) Not applicable

c) Not applicable

d) Not applicable

End.

28 July 2020 - NW1237

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Hendricks, Mr MGE to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether she can intervene in the concerns of a community of Schauderville in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on the complaints of health hazards caused by sewerage water emanating from a vandalised swimming pool at a certain site (name furnished) close to the Frank Joubert Primary School exposing children to the dangers of the health hazard and criminal activities over the past 20 years; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department monitors provincial governments when they appoint the services of local qualified and competent contractors from the communities to fix or replace sewerage lines and stormwater lines; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether she has been informed that the soil at the specified site contains items of relics dating back to the 1800s; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1603E

Reply:

(1) Yes. The sewage spillage was not coming from the abandoned swimming pool, but from a leaking bulk sewer line located in the valley nearby. The bulk sewer line has since beenfixed and the spillage cleared.

(2) No. In this regard, provincial governments are not responsible for fixing or replacing sewerage lines and stormwater lines. In this case, sewer blockages are cleared by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, utilizing internal staff. Where external support is required, services are procuredfrom service providers in terms of relevant supply chain management policies.  

(3) No. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is also not aware of any old relics items at the specified site. However, it would be appreciated if more information could be provided in this regard for further investigation by the relevant department.

End.

07 July 2020 - NW1408

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether she has been informed about the report of an independent specialist group hired by the former Minister to investigate maladministration in her department in the previous term; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what were the key (a) findings and (b) recommendations in the specified report?

Reply:

(a ) Former Minister L. Sisulu commissioned two reports by Independent entities. One report looked at matters relating to irregular expenditure in the Department. This report was done by a company named Open Waters. A second report compiled by a panel led by former Justice Minister, B. Mabandla focused on matters related to organisational culture. This included looking at matters related to allegations of sexual harassment and allegations related to human resource management.

(b) The Open Waters report identified breaches in financial management but arrived at conclusions and recommendations that were not consistent with the findings. The second report made recommendations related to improving overall management and leadership in the Department. Based on the recommendations that were not aligned with the findings from the Open Waters Report, I will be appointing an external team to assess whether the findings in the report do not warrant further investigation, including a more thorough forensic investigation in some areas. The recommendations that will emanate from this report will allow me to complement measures related to improving leadership and management issues that emerged from the report compiled by the team led by Ms. Mabandla. This team will use the findings in the two reports mentioned above as the basis for further investigation and recommendations. The findings in both reports will have to be treated as draft findings at this stage given the need for further investigations. Given that these are draft finding, no action is proposed until the team that I will appoint completes the process initiated by my predecessor.

19 June 2020 - NW1216

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether she has been informed about the allegations that expert scientific advice is ignored when determining regulations for each alert level in the fight to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) details of the scientific evidence that is considered when determining regulations regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and (b) further relevant details; (2) what method is used to determine the causal link between existing interventions and the current infection and death rate statistics; (3) what are the reasons that (a) recoveries and (b) deaths continue to be factored into the calculation of the risk of exposure to Covid-19; (4) what (a) is the legal authority and constitutional and statutory justification and (b) are the decision making powers of the National, Provincial and Local Command Councils?

Reply:

1. I have not been informed about allegations that expert scientific advise is ignored. Decisions regarding the COVID – 19 pandemic are made by the Cabinet, where all members including the Minister of Health are present.

2. All decisions  of the Cabinet are informed by the  epidemiology of the pandemic.

3. Internationally, new case, accumulated cases, recoveries and deaths are recorded, likewise in South Africa.

4. Decisions regarding COVID-19 are made by Cabinet.

 

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW1215

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether she has found that there is any regulation that has been imposed by the National Coronavirus Command Council since 26 March 2020 as a measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic that suspended or limited fundamental human rights; if not, how was this conclusion reached; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what steps were taken to ensure that regulations and/or measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic that are premised on international best practice were adjusted to meet the existing challenges in the Republic, in particular the risks of famine amongst persons who have lost their income and access food; (3) what (a) are the full relevant details of how the existing real-time information measures up with the initial projections or models upon which a national disaster was declared and a national lockdown to curb the spread of the virus was imposed and (b) adjustments have been made to the initial strategies to align them with reality; (4) what are the reasons that the curbing measures are applied wholesale and throughout the Republic whilst certain provinces such as the Northern Cape have clearly shown very small increases and a high recovery rate in infections? NW1520E

Reply:

1. It is important to indicate that there is no regulation that has been imposed by National Coronavirus Command Council as a measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19.

2. The National Executive of SA Government considers reports from the Minister of Health and NATJOINTS. These measures incorporate best practices obtained from international stakeholders such as World Health Organization. Government introduced a broad package to provide for those persons who have lost their income, this includes the provision of food.

3. a. The issues related to projections and models are located within the Department of Health. Accordingly this aspect of the question should be referred to the Department of Health.

b. The government adopted the Risk Adjusted Strategy to align with the prevailing reality in dealing with COVID-19 nationally.

c. The measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 are applied in all nine provinces throughout the country. In addition these measures aim to prevent inter-provincial spread by restricting travel between provinces and for those provinces that are currently having lower levels of infection to prepare their health care facilities.

 

Thank you

 

19 June 2020 - NW1056

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to her assertion that the sale and use of tobacco products is associated with increased risk of the spread of SARS-CoV-2, which she used to justify the prohibition of tobacco product sales, what is the scientific rationale and empirical basis for the prohibition; (2) whether she and/or her department assessed the countervailing hypothesis that nicotine actually minimises the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, as suggested by data showing a disproportionate under-representation of habitual smokers in infection cases; if not, why not; if so, what conclusions have been drawn in this regard? NW1346E

Reply:

A detailed information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW1139

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(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;

Reply:

The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW1057

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the fact that most municipalities do not apply the principle of no-work-no-pay, resulting in unprotected illegal strikes, the Government engaged with the trade unions to protect the taxpayers and ensure that they receive value for money for taxes and rates that they pay by allowing municipal employees to rather claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 in line with other citizens who are on a no-work-no-pay arrangement; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The most relevant department to respond to the question on labour related enquiries is the Department of Employment and Labour.

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW991

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Thring, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

At what alert level will the employees of religious organisations be able to resume their weekday administrative duties, as well as financial and compliance functions from the office, including but not limited to the payment of salaries, essential information technology support, the co-ordination of feeding schemes and essential building maintenance, subject to the observance of standard hygiene and health protocols that would apply as in any other workplace?

Reply:

According to Disaster Management Act , 2002: (Act No 57 of 2002) Determination of Alert Levels and Hotspots, “movement of persons 33 (1) a person may leave his / her place of residence to – (a) perform any service as permitted under Alert Level 3, (b) travel to and from work.

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19 June 2020 - NW1214

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the reasons that informed the decision to declare Covid-19 a national disaster instead of a provincial or local disaster; (2) what data was used to classify the disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act, Act 57 of 2002? NW1519E

Reply:

1. Section 23 (4) – (6) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2020), provides for the classification of either a local, provincial or national disaster. Section 23 (6) states that “ a disaster is a national disaster if it affects

(a) More than one province, or

(b) A single province which is unable to deal with effectively.

 By the time it was classified as a national disaster there were already cases in three provinces.

The WHO provided information regarding the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world.

Our National Department of Health provided information on the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout South Africa.  The first SA case was identified on the 5th of March 2020 infection numbers were doubling two to three days had spread across SA including KZN, Gauteng and Western  Cape. On the 15 March 2020 when the National Disaster was classified and declared there already 61 cases.

 

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW1055

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Mbhele, Mr ZN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What total number of submissions did the Government receive (a)(i) in support of lifting the prohibition on tobacco products sales during the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 and (ii) what were the main points of motivation and/or rationale advanced for the support and (b)(i) in opposition to lifting the prohibition on tobacco products sales during the national lockdown and (ii) what were the main points of motivation and/or rationale advanced; (2) whether she will furnish Mr Z N Mbhele with copies of all submissions as an annexure?

Reply:

The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

Thank you

25 May 2020 - NW939

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Luthuli, Mr BN to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, in light of the rationality of some of the regulations and conditions of the Covid-19 state of disaster lockdown and taking into consideration the constitutional values of accountability, responsiveness and openness, her department has any policy in place that makes it imperative that regulations are accompanied by clear and concise explanations that enunciate the rationality of their aim; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

25 May 2020 - NW929

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Groenewald, Mr IM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these 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; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW1218E

Reply:

1. (a)(b)(c) (2)

The Department did not award any tender for COVID-19 pandemic. Personnel Protective Clothing to fight against COVID-19 is provided for in an existing contract for hygiene and cleaning services which was awarded on the 1st of April 2018 and ending on the 31st of May 2021.

The Department did not deviate from standard supply chain management procedures in awarding of tender/s in connection with COVID-19.

3. Not applicable.

4. Not applicable.

25 May 2020 - NW918

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to her stock replies to question 449 on 16 September 2019, question 1502 on 2 December 2019 and question 130 on 19 March 2020, she exercises any executive responsibility over metropolitan municipalities in respect of firearms and ammunition of such metros that are stolen and/or lost by its metro police; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date is it envisaged that the information requested in the specified questions will be made available; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you

25 May 2020 - NW980

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to the R20 billion allocated to municipalities from the R500 billion economic support package for relief during the Covid-19 pandemic, (a) what is the breakdown of allocations for each municipality, (b) what are the conditions for spending that her department has set for each grant recipient and (c) on what date was each grant transferred to each recipient; (2) whether she will furnish Mr M H Hoosen with a copy of the spending plans of each municipality; if not, why not, if so, on what date? NW1269E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

Thank you