Questions and Replies

26 March 2019 - NW405

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Stander, Ms T to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the status of the intervention in terms of section 139(1)(b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, in the administration of the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality?

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

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26 March 2019 - NW402

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Mthethwa, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What measures will he put in place to curb the scourge of young men losing their lives while undergoing cultural circumcision, especially in the Eastern Cape?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW187

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What number of power outages have the suburbs of Glen Marais and Edleen, which are situated in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council (EMC) boundaries experienced in each of the past three calendar years; (2) what (a)(i) were the reasons and (ii) was the duration of the power outages in each case and (b) what time of day did the specified outages take place; (3) whether he found the EMC negligent and therefore responsible for any of the outages; if so, whether residents can submit claims against the EMC; (4) (a) on what date will (i) the EMC upgrade the infrastructure in the area to prevent further outages and (ii) work commence and be completed on the upgrades and (b) what is the cost of the upgrade; (5) does the EMC have a plan to ensure that all the relevant sub-stations are not damaged during the upgrades and that fuses are not stolen?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW656

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Alberts, Adv A to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What has his department done so far to realise the rights contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for the benefit of the indigenous peoples in South Africa, with specific reference to the Khoi and San peoples; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) (a) to what extent the findings of the Human Rights Commission's report on the rights of the Khoi and San have been taken into account, (b) what findings have indeed been implemented and (c) what are outstanding?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW620

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

What steps does his department or the Government intend to take in order to arrest the collapse of the Msunduzi Local Municipality?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW463

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) What number of boreholes were drilled by Mopani District Municipality in Ward 3, Tzaneen in the (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii) 2017-18 financial years, (b) what number of boreholes were drilled in each village of the specified ward, (c) who was the contractor in each case, (d) what was the total monetary value of each contract and (e) what was the success rate of each borehole; (2) whether communities are now receiving water in each case; 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

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25 March 2019 - NW232

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Ngwezi, Mr X to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the investigation conducted by the KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs department in 2012 on request by the former Mayor of Umhlathuze, Mr Elphias Mbatha, where allegations of corruption, maladministration and nepotism were made, and in light of the fact that the Auditor-General keeps on highlighting that the report has not been tabled in council nor given to the public, any plans are in place to resolve 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

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25 March 2019 - NW29

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether any municipality or municipal entity awarded contracts or tenders to certain companies (details furnished) between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2018; if so, (a) what service did each company render, (b) what was the monetary value of each tender or contract, (c) what was the duration of the tender, (d) who approved the tender and (e) did the tender comply with all the National Treasury and departmental procurement regulations?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW417

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

Whether, with regard to the Presidential Proclamation of 2014 that provided that izinduna should be paid a salary, funds have been budgeted and allocated for the remuneration of izinduna; if not, why not; if so, what amount?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW185

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

(1)What (a) number of vehicles does the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) currently have for (i) EMPD precincts, (ii) Specialised Units and (iii) Head Quarters and (b) is the make, model and year of each vehicle; (2) (a) what number of the specified vehicles are currently out of commission in each of the divisions, (b) for how long has each vehicle been out of commission and (c) what are the reasons for each vehicle being out of commission; (3) is the number of available vehicles in accordance with the Norms and Standards for a Law Enforcement Agency; if not, what (a) number of additional vehicles does each division need in order to meet the norms and standards and (b) will the financial cost be in order to purchase the needed vehicles? NW195E

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

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25 March 2019 - NW615

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Lotriet, Dr A to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to the more than 280 title deeds that were handed to the Tswelopele Local Municipality by attorneys in May 2017 in the names of various beneficiaries, (a) what is the number of title deeds that have thus far been handed out to beneficiaries, (b) what happened to the other outstanding title deeds, (c) why has the process taken so long, (d) by what date can this process be envisaged to be completed and (e) why did 30 residents have to protest before receiving their title deeds in Ward 7; (2) do the specified 30 title deeds form part of the title deeds that were received in May 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard; 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

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25 March 2019 - NW9

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Has his department been informed of the crisis regarding huge outstanding payments to third parties such as pension funds, medical aids and the SA Revenue Service by various municipalities; if so, can he provide Mr W W Wessels with a list of the relevant municipalities and the amounts owed to each third party; (2) does his department have a plan to intervene in municipalities that are guilty of utilising third party deductions for operational expenditure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) has his department been informed of syndicates of municipal officials that paid third party deductions to their own bank accounts; if not, will his department investigate such allegations; if so, what is the relevant details; (4) how is his department assisting municipal officials who are at retirement age but whose pensions are affected by the non-payment of contributions to the respective pension fund by municipalities; (5) whether he 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 March 2019 - NW188

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Dreyer, Ms AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) What number of licencing centres does the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council currently have, (b) where are they situated, (c) what is the staff structure of each centre, (d) what number of the specified posts are filled and (e) what number of funded vacancies are there at each centre; (2) (a) by what date will all funded vacancies be filled and (b) what will the financial implications be for the filling of unfilled vacancies; (3) what number of (a) online applications and (b) walk-in applications did each centre receive for learners licences, drivers licences, renewal of licences and renewal of professional driving permits for the past three calendar years?

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 March 2019 - NW539

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2436 on 13 November 2017 and the reply to question 1223 on 30 July 2018, his department has received the information; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the information be available; if so, (i) what number of senior traditional leaders are currently recognised by the Government as traditional leaders, (ii) what is the name of each senior traditional leader and (iii) over which tribe does each specified senior traditional leader rule; (2) what amount has each senior traditional leader received in remuneration in each year since 1 January 2012; (3) what (a)(i) movable and (ii) immovable benefits did each senior traditional leader receive in each specified year and (b) did the costs amount to in each case; (4) whether he 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

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25 March 2019 - NW224

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, since he served in Cabinet, he (a)(i) was ever influenced by any person and/or (ii) influenced any of his department’s employees to take any official administrative action on behalf of any (aa) member, (bb) employee and/or (cc) close associate of the Gupta family and/or (b) attended any meeting where any of the specified persons were present; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

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 March 2019 - NW1

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) Where in the process the consideration and appointment of new commissioners currently is and (b) what the next step is as the imminent commencement date of the new commissioners’ 5-year term is 1 March 2019; (2) whether a selection panel in terms of section 11(1)(c) of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities Act, Act 19 of 2002, has already been appointed; if not, why not; if so, what are the names of the persons serving on the panel; (3) whether the names of the persons who have been nominated and/or short-listed as new commissioners will be made public; if so, (a) where and (b) on what date?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW420

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

Whether any remedial action has been taken following a report by the Auditor-General that in KwaZulu-Natal a total amount of R368 709 in salaries had been paid to 29 dead izinduna, that R6 million had been paid to izinduna who are full-time employees of Government and that some R2 million had been lost as a result of paying 37 izinduna more than the stipulated salary; 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

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25 March 2019 - NW377

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether the appointment of the Acting Municipal Manager of !Kheis Local Municipality on a month-to-month basis following the conclusion of a three-month appointment in the same position relied on section 54A of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000; if not, (a) why does the appointment not rely on the legislation and (b) what action will he take to rectify the appointment; (2) whether the specified municipality has embarked on a process to appoint a permanent municipal manager; if not, by what date will the municipality start the process of appointing a permanent municipal manager; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) by what date is a permanent appointment expected; (3) whether he will consider to urgently intervene in the specified municipality in terms of section 139 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date does he intend to intervene?

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 March 2019 - NW191

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Boshoff, Ms H to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What budget has been put aside for maintenance and the upgrade of the water purification plants at (a) Dullstroom, (b) Belfast, (c) Machadodorp and (d) Waterval Boven which fall under the Emakhazeni Local Municipality (i) in each of the past three municipal financial years and (ii) since 1 July 2018; (2) what percentage of flocculent has been used at each specified purification plant in the past six months; (3) how many of the tanks at the purification plants must be constantly filled with flocculants; (4) whether the sludge dams at the purification plants are operational; if not, (a) why not and (b) since what date have operations been shut down; if so, since what date; (5) whether the pump filters at the purification plants are replaced regularly; if not, why not; if so, on what date were they last replaced?

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 March 2019 - NW14

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2434 on 13 November 2017 and his reply to question 1225 on 30 July 2018, his department has received the information; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the information be available; if so, (i) what number of kings are currently recognised by the Government as traditional leaders and (ii) what is the name of (aa) each king and (bb) the tribe over which the specified senior traditional leader rules; (2) what amount has each specified tribal chief received in remuneration in each year since 1 January 2012; (3) what (a)(i) movable and (ii) immovable benefits did each specified senior traditional leader receive in each specified year and (b) did the costs amount to in each case; (4) whether he 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 March 2019 - NW88

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

(a) What projects have been implemented to improve the living conditions and welfare of animals at the zoos in (i) East London and (ii) Bloemfontein, (b) what is the current status of each project and (c) by what date is each project expected to be completed?

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 March 2019 - NW24

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) number of (i) technicians and (ii) artisans are employed by (aa) his department and (bb) each municipality and (b) is the profession of each technician and artisan?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW26

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the total number of employees in each (a) municipality and (b) municipal entity?

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 March 2019 - NW663

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

What is the Government’s stance regarding the action taken by the Ingonyama Trust Board to cancel existing permission to occupy and to replace them with lease agreements?

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

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25 March 2019 - NW378

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

(1)What are the details of the processes followed by the Maruleng Local Municipality in Limpopo to appoint (a) the municipal manager and (b) each manager in terms of section 57 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000; (2) whether he has found that each of the specified appointments complied with the provisions of the specified Act and related legislation; if not, what are the relevant details; (3) whether he has found that the specified municipal officials possess the minimum competencies, as required by the Municipal Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels; if not, 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 March 2019 - NW462

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What (a) number of boreholes were drilled by the Mopani District Municipality in Joppie Village, Tzaneen, Limpopo in the (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii) 2017-18 financial years, (b) was the total cost of each borehole, (c) number of boreholes were drilled in the backyards of residents, (d) was the reason for drilling in citizens’ backyards, (e) number of boreholes produced water and turned out to be unused and (f) number of boreholes were drilled on the property of traditional leaders and/or headmen; (2) were all unused boreholes covered for the safety of the community; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) will action be taken against alleged negligent officials and contractors after the death of a minor child (details furnished) in an unused uncovered borehole on 5 November 2018; 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 March 2019 - NW541

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

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply to question 2435 on 13 November 2017 and the reply to question 1224 on 30 July 2018, his department has received the information; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the information be available; if so, (i) what number of tribal chiefs are currently recognised by the Government as traditional leaders, (ii) what is the name of each tribal chief and (iii) over which tribe does each specified tribal chief rule; (2) what amount has each tribal chief received in remuneration in each year since 1 January 2012; (3) what (a)(i) movable and (ii) immovable benefits did each tribal chief receive in each specified year and (b) did the costs amount to in each case; (4) whether he 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 March 2019 - NW426

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

(1)What are the details of the process followed to (a) call for nominations of Commissioners of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission) and (b) shortlist the candidates to appear before the selection panel for the CRL Commission; (2) (a) what is the name of each person serving on the selection panel, (b) what criteria were used to appoint the specified persons to serve on the selection panel and (c) on what date will the selection panel meet to interview candidate Commissioners; (3) on what date will the interviews for the CRL Commissioners take place?

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 March 2019 - NW190

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Boshoff, Ms H to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What budget has been put aside for maintenance and the upgrade of the water purification plants at (a) Lydenburg, (b) Sabie and (c) Graskop which falls under the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (i) in each of the past three municipal financial years and (ii) since 1 July 2018; (2) what percentage of flocculent has been used at each specified purification plant in the past six months; (3) how many of the tanks at the purification plants must be constantly filled with flocculants; (4) whether the sludge dams at the purification plants are operational; if not, (a) why not and (b) since what date have operations been shut down; if so, since what date; (5) whether the pump filters at the purification plants are replaced regularly; if not, why not; if so, on what date were they last replaced?

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

22 March 2019 - NW598

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

(a) What number of criminal charges were brought against members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department over the past 24 months, (b) what was the outcome of each specified case and (c) at which police station were the charges laid?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has written a letter to the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government in Gauteng to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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22 March 2019 - NW209

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether the Phokwane Local Municipality in the Northern Cape laid any criminal charges against (a) the municipal manager and/or (b) any other municipal (i) official or (ii) councillor for transgressions after the conclusion of the investigation around March 2015 in terms of section 106 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, as amended; if not, why not; if so, (aa) where were charges laid, (bb) against whom and (cc) what was the nature of the charges in each case?

Reply:

The response below was provided by the Phokwane Local Municipality in the Northern Cape.

a) No, the Municipal Council of Phokwane Local Municipality has not laid any charge due to the Council resolution it took on the 31st January 2019 (Resolution No: 6/2019) to seek legal opinion on the matter.

b) (i) & (ii) No

aa) Not applicable

bb) Not applicable

cc) Not applicable

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22 March 2019 - NW602

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regard to fire fighters at the Primrose Fire Station situated in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, what (a) is the (i) optimal and (ii) actual number of full-time fire fighters, (b) number of the full-time fire fighters have passed the (i) final examinations of the SA Emergency Services Institute, (ii) written examination and (c) full set of practical evaluations and (c) total number of reservists does the fire station currently have? NW725E

Reply:

1. The information requested by the Honourable Member was obtained by the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) from the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE). Table 1 below outlines the relevant details:

Optimal and actual number of firefighters at the Primrose Fire Station

Name of the Fire Station

  1. (i) optimal
  1. (ii) Actual number of full-time Fire Fighters
  1. (i) & (ii)

Number of fulltime Firefighters who passed final written examination of the Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI)

  1. Number of fulltime Firefighters who completed practical evaluations
  1. Total Number of Reservists

Primrose

37

37

All completed Fire Fighter 1 & 2

All completed practical components for firefighting and Hazmat Awareness & Operational

5

The fire station has thirty-seven firefighters placed in four different shift systems. Each shift consists of a Shift Manager who reports to the Station Manager from the Operations Section. The station also has five reservists and two learnership students placed accordingly within different shifts. It is important to note that across all fire stations within the CoE, each operational and fully functional firefighter must be in possession of the basic qualifications required for one to be a Firefighter i.e. (a) Firefighter I and II, (b) Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations and the (c) Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) course. Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations are International Fire Services Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) accreditation courses under the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Service Standard 1001 and 472 respectively. Locally, these courses are conducted at Boksburg Fire Station Training Academy under the CoE which is accredited by IFSAC. These courses include both theoretical and practical aspects of fire fighting. Individual firefighters are at liberty to study through a block course system with Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria to obtain a National Diploma in Fire Technology, B-Tech in Fire Technology and upgrade through to a Masters qualification.

 

Firefighting is a profession which is one of the most stressful, physically demanding and hazardous occupation. Thus, Firefighters must master a complex mix of three core competencies namely: foundational knowledge, physical skill and work experience to be successful in their occupation. The nature of work carried out by firefighters requires not only adequate training when entering the profession but also continuous professional development to ensure that firefighters stay abreast with the constant technological changes in their working environment.

It is important to note that training of firefighters must be benchmarked against globally accepted standards. Within the South African context, the Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) is accredited to provide occupational training for firefighters by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), which is based in the United States of America (USA). IFSAC is a non-profit, peer-driven, self-governing system of both fire service certifying entities and higher education fire-related degree programs. IFSAC's mission is to plan and administer a high-quality, uniformly delivered accreditation system with an international scope.

Thus, IFSAC courses which are provided by SAESI such as Firefighter I and II, Hazmat Awareness and Operational are utilised by fire services in South Africa to recruit entry-level firefighters. These courses are based on the American National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards and are utilised both in the USA and several other countries for the basic training of firefighters. The Local Government Sector Education and Training (LGSETA), has also developed a qualification known as the Fire and Rescue Operations, Level 4 in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) based on the same NFPA Standards. Firefighters must obtain formal qualifications in order to progress in their careers within the fire services.

Qualifications in Fire Technology are currently provided by the Tshwane University of Technology (TuT) and includes a National Diploma, BTECH Degree and Masters Degree. These are the qualifications that are also utilised by fire services to recruit Senior Fire Officers in the country. The NDMC is finalising the review of the Fire Brigade Services Act, 1987 and as part of the revised legislation and policy framework, a national fire services education and training strategy will be developed to guide the provision of training in the fire service.

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22 March 2019 - NW56

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Mulaudzi, Mr TE to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the total number of (a) plumbers, (b) electricians, (c) civil engineers and (d) construction workers employed in each municipality?

Reply:

The Department of Cooperative Governance does not have a centralised human resource information system. Therefore, the Honourable Member is advised to direct the question to individual municipalities as employers.

1. BACKGROUND

1.1 A Parliamentary question was received regarding the total number of plumbers, electricians, civil engineers and construction workers employed in each municipality.

1.2 Over the years the Department will request the MECs responsible for local government in the provinces to gather the information which will assist the Minister to respond to Parliament. It has proved to be a futile exercise and the questions would remain unanswered or partially replied.

1.3 In light of the above, it is recommended that the the Honourable Member be advised to direct the question to individual municipalities as employers.

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22 March 2019 - NW259

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

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

Reply:

(a)(i)(b)

The Department of Cooperative Governance held 5 (five) briefings in 2018, and all briefings were compulsory.

SOUTH AFRICAN CITITES NETWORK (SACN)

(1)a(ii) No tender briefings were held in 2018.

(b) Not Applicable

SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SALGA)

(1)a(ii) Nineteen (19) tender briefings were held in 2018.

(b) Two (02) were compulsory.

 

MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD (MDB)

(1)a(ii)Two (2) tender briefings were held in 2018.

(b) Yes, the briefings were compulsory.

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22 March 2019 - NW608

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entity reporting to him contracted the services of a certain company (Bosasa known as African Global Operations), in each of the past 10 financial years; if so, what (i) number of contracts were signed, (ii) was the date on which each contract was signed, (iii) was the duration of each contract, (iv) services did the company render and (v) was the monetary value of each contract in each case; (2) whether any irregular expenditure relating to the contracts was recorded and/or condoned in each case; if so, what are the relevant details?NW4410E

Reply:

(1) (a)(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)

The Department of Cooperative Governance did not enter into any contracts with Bosasa known as African Global Operations, in each of the past 10 financial years.

(2) Not applicable.

SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SALGA)

(1) (a)(b)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)

(1)(a) Not Applicable

(1)(b) SALGA has not contracted the services of Bosasa (known as African Global Operations) in each of the past 10 financial years

(1)(b)(i) Not applicable

(1)(b)(ii) Not applicable

(1)(b)(iii) Not applicable

(1)(b)(iv) Not applicable

(1)(b)(v) Not applicable

(2) Not applicable

MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD (MDB)

  1. MDB has not entered into any contract with Bosasa (known as African Global Operations) in each of the past 10 financial years.
  2. None.

SOUTH AFRICAN CITITES NETWORK (SACN)

  1. The South African Cities Network has not contracted services of Bosasa (known as African Global Operations) in the last 10 financial years.

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22 March 2019 - NW258

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Xalisa, Mr Z R to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in each municipality in 2018 and (b) the specified tender briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has sent letters to all the Provincial Departments responsible for Local Government in the country, to engage all the municipalities to obtain the relevant information. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW695

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

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

Reply:

 

(aaa) 2016/17

(bbb) 2017/18

(bb) Since 1 April 2018

(i) Minister

(a) None

(b) None

(c) None

(d) None

None

None

And or the Former Minister

(a) BMW

(b) X5

(c) R917 619.99

(d)September 2016

(a) Audi

(b) Q7

(c)R938547.18

(d) September 2016

None

None

(ii) Deputy Minister

(a)VOLVO

(b) XC90

(c) R1194650

(d)December 2017

None

None

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22 March 2019 - NW50

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Dlamini, Mr MM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What is the housing backlog in each municipality in each Province as at 1 February 2019, according to the records of the municipality?

Reply:

1. No municipality in South Africa will be in a position to provide the exact information on the housing backlog, due to the daily and uncontrollable migration of people within our borders.

2. Collecting the type of information that the Member is requesting would require a National Census, which we only do every 10 years in South Africa.

3. Municipalities make use of the Community Survey for their planning purposes and the latest Community Survey was conducted in 2016. The Information on Household’s Indicators per Municipality, from the 2016 Community Survey, is attached to this response for ease of reference.

22 March 2019 - NW403

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Ngwezi, Mr X to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and TraditionalAffairs

What measures has he put in place to recover debt owed to municipalities by national and provincial departments and state-owned entities as nonpayment affects the efforts of municipalities to deliver basic services to communities?

Reply:

The debt owed to municipalities by national and provincial government departments remains a challenge.

The debt owed by organs of state was R6.3 billion as at 31 December 2016 and R9.7 billion as at 31 December 2018, and the debt continue to grow due to accruing interest and insufficient funds allocation by organs of state to service arrears.

Some of the reasons include insufficient budget allocations by organs of state to service current year debt and historic debt.

COGTA, in collaboration with Treasury, has structures in place to assist municipalities to recover the amounts owed by organs of state and to facilitate the resolution of disputes between organs of state and municipalities.

These structures discuss the debt owed to the municipalities, evaluate progress on the reconciliation of intergovernmental debt undertaken by municipalities and organs of state, billing challenges, progress on payments and find amicable solution on challenges. The structures and measures put in place include:

  • The National COGTA has undertaken an initiative to support municipalities through simplified revenue project which is aimed at enhancing the municipal revenue management and debt collection system;
  • Provincial intergovernmental debt forums/sessions – this structure is championed by Provincial COGTAs and/ Provincial Treasuries;
  • The department participates in the National Public Works Steering Committee, which focus on amount owed by Provincial and National Public Works;
  • Chief Financial Officers’ forum;
  • National Treasury monitors the movement of the debt of various organs of state through MFMA section 71 reports.

The Inter Ministerial Task Team dealing with debts owed by municipalities to Eskom and Water Boards (IMTT) recommended the installation of electricity and water prepaid metering infrastructure. This will be one of the effective tools to eliminate the municipal debt, as the municipal service will be on a prepayment system nationwide.

Organs of state are urged to prioritise municipal services in their budgets. There is a process underway to request the National Treasury team responsible for monitoring Provincial and National budgets to ensure that municipal services are prioritized in municipal budgets.

  1. Section 96(a) of the Municipal Systems Act, states that municipalities must collect all money that is due and payable and section 96(b) state that municipality must adopt, maintain and implement a credit control and debt collection policy, which is consistent with its rates and tariff policies and complies with the provision of the Municipal Systems Act.
  2. Section 75(A)(1) of Municipal Systems Act empowers a municipality to levy and recover fees, charges or tariffs in respect of any function or service of the municipality and recover collection charges and interest on any outstanding amount.
  3. The credit control and debt collection policies adopted by municipalities are clear on debt collection; however, the municipalities still encounters challenges of collecting money that is due and payable mainly due to culture of non-payment and internal control deficiencies on the municipal systems.
  4. The following are contributing factors to culture of non-payment and internal control deficiencies on the municipal systems
  • Lack of debt reconciliation between municipalities and organ of state;
  • Incorrect billing by some of the municipalities;
  • Billing statements are not issued timeously and/not issued to the rightful owner within organ of state;
  • Payments not allocated timeously to the relevant accounts by municipalities;
  • Insufficient budget allocation by organ of state to service current year debt and historic debt;
  • Inadequate budgeting for municipal services and property rates by organ of state

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22 March 2019 - NW604

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

(a) What number of waste management depots are in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, (b) where is each depot situated, (c) which geographical areas does each depot cover in relation to waste collection and (d) what number of households and businesses are within the collection area of each depot; (2) what is the minimum ratio of refuse collection trucks to households or businesses to ensure that refuse is collected at least once a week in line with the National Environmental Management Act, Act 62 of 2008; (3) what (a) was the (i) optimal and (ii) actual number of refuse collection trucks at each depot in the municipality on 1 October 2018, (b)(i) number of the trucks were not in working order and (ii) number of days has each truck not been in working order and (c) are the reasons that each truck has not been in working order? NW727E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has written a letter to the Provincial Department responsible for Local Government in Gauteng to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available

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22 March 2019 - NW186

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

(1)(a) What qualifications should the person responsible for the armoury at the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) have, (b) what qualification does the incumbent official have and (c) does the incumbent official meet the minimum requirements; (2) whether, due to the fact that the EMPD armoury audit has still not been finalised, the EMPD can add more weapons to the register; if so, what policy provision allows them to do so; (3) (a) whether he will provide Mr M Waters with a full list of all the weapons bought or ordered by the EMPD in the (i) 2017-18 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2018 and (b) what are the financial implications for the purchasing of the specified weapons; (4) are any of these weapons currently being used by the EMPD; if so, (a) what number is being used and (b) in which divisions

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has engaged the Gauteng Provincial Department responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW391

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Schmidt, Adv H to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 2248 on 13 September 2018, he has been informed of a report submitted to the Emfuleni Local Council, reference O/MM/AA6/Finance/Reports 2018/FS 124-18, for irregular expenditure by the specified municipality for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, which indicates a payment of R43 334 546,27 made by the municipality to a certain law firm (name furnished) for representation of employees to the SA Local Government Bargaining Council held in Benoni; (2) whether he and/or his department intends to recover any of the legal costs; if not, why not; if so, (a) why was the amount not included in the specified reply and (b) what steps has he taken or will he take to recover the irregular expenditure; (3) whether he has been informed that the municipality paid the legal costs of the employees in instances where it was not liable to do so; (4) whether the specified attorneys will continue to deliver legal services to the municipality; if not, what steps does he and his department intend to take to terminate the services of the attorneys; if so, why?NW415E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is not readily available in the Department. However, the Department has engaged the Gauteng Provincial Department responsible for Local Government to obtain the relevant information from Emfuleni Local Municipality. The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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22 March 2019 - NW404

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Dlamini-Dubazana, Ms ZS to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether he has taken steps to intervene in the Mpofana Local Municipality which is confronted by a water crisis, as the affected community has requested urgent Government intervention?

Reply:

A three-fold intervention is being implemented in addressing the water issue in the Mpofana Local Municipality.

1. MISA Intervention

In the current financial year (2018/19), the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) is developing a Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Plan for Umgungundlovu District, which is a fundamental step towards water use efficiency and addressing Non Revenue Water.

The Umgungundlovu Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Plan will be finalised on the 19th March 2019 and includes:

  • Assessment of water infrastructure (Water Treatment Plants, Reservoirs, Pump Stations, Boreholes, Meters and Stand pipes) for current and future demands.
  • Assessment of Supply Reservoirs, Bulk Meters, Water Sources and pipelines.
  • Analysis of billing, metering issues and vandalism of water meters.

2. Joint Program between UMgungundlovu DM, Mpofana LM and Umgeni Water

Umgungundlovu District Municipality is aware of the issue of inconsistent supply of water to certain areas in Mpofana, including concerns about water quality. A joint strategy to overcome water challenges for Mpofana Local Municipality has been developed by a team consisting of Mpofana LM, UMgungundlovu DM and Umgeni Water representatives.

This joint programme seeks to minimise the risks of water supply interruptions to Mpofana Local Municipality, whilst the municipality is implementing the bulk water scheme and other projects that will bring will bring relief to the constrained water supply in Mpofana.

The strategy lists the long medium and short term interventions to ensure consistent water supply to the area of Mpofana and is attached as Annexure “A’’ for ease of reference.

3. Section 139 (b) Intervention to Mpofana Local Municipality

On the 08th December 2017 the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Executive Council resolved to intervene at Mpofana Municipality using section 139 (1)(b) of the constitution, due to service delivery and financial management challenges faced by the municipality. The Intervention Steering Committee which comprise of KZN CoGTA, COGTA National, MISA, SALGA, Provincial Treasury, the Municipality and other sector departments meet monthly to track the progress in addressing challenges faced by the municipality which are captured in the Sec 139 Intervention Recovery Plan. The Intervention Recovery Plan aims to address the challenges identified in the five Back to Basics Pillars i.e. Institutional Transformation and Development, Good Governance and Public Participation, Municipal Financial Viability and Management as well as Local Economic Development. The intervention is still in effect.

The uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM) is one of the ten district municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. It is the water service authority (WSA) and water service provider (WSP) to six of its seven local municipalities i.e. uMshwati, uMngeni, Mpofana, Mkhambathini, Impendle and Richmond Local Municipalities. The Msunduzi Municipality, has its own WSA status and does not form part of the strategy as it is not the responsibility of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

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22 March 2019 - NW400

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Shelembe, Mr ML to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, in light of the lack of information in communities regarding service delivery budget and implementation that often results in angry protests, he has found that all municipalities are complying with section 77 of the Municipal Structures Act, Act 117 of 1998, as required by law to ensure that there are frequent meetings with communities; if not; what is the position in this regard; if so; what are the relevant details?

Reply:

​1.1 Certainly, municipalities are required by law to put in place mechanisms and processes to encourage communities to participate in the affairs of municipality. This is provided for in chapter 4 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000.

1.2 Furthermore, Schedule 1 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 makes provision for councillors as elected public representatives to be accountable to local communities and report back at least quarterly to their constituencies on council matters, including the performance of the municipality in terms of established indicators.

1.3. In order to ensure that councillors fulfil their obligation to communities, a Code of Conduct has been developed and makes provision for the following:

(i) Attendance of meetings-A councillor must attend each meeting of the municipal council and a committee which that councillor is a member (i.e. Ward Committee meetings and Community feedback meetings); and

(ii) Sanctions for not attending meetings-A municipal council may impose a fine as determined by the standing rules and orders of the municipal council on a councillor for not attending to meetings which that councillor is required to attend.

1.4  Although the legislation requires of councillors to convene community feedback meetings quarterly, the norm across most of the municipalities is that feedback meetings are convened on a monthly basis and councillors are required to produce portfolio of evidence to that effect i.e. attendance registers, minutes/reports of such meetings. Reports indicate that, of the total 4392 wards across the country, feedback meetings have been convened in approximately 90% of wards. Other community engagement mechanisms being used by municipalities are i.e. Integrated Service Delivery Models (War Rooms), IDP forums and ICT platforms i.e. social media platform.

1.5  In an effort to provide support and monitor performance in municipalities, the department introduced the Back to Basics Programme (B2B) that is anchored on five pillars, which involve putting people and their concerns first, creating conditions for delivering quality municipal services, good governance, among other things.

1.6  The following is an analysis report conducted through B2B by municipalities on the frequency of Ward Committee meetings:

  • The average number of Ward Committee meetings for the municipalities that reported in terms of the monthly B2B reporting was 15,09 per month in 2017/18, which was an increase from the 7,18 in 2016/17. This was to be expected given that Ward Committees first had to be established in the 2016/17 financial year after the August 2016 local government elections.
  • Per province, the lowest average of meetings per month in 2017/18 was reported by Free State municipalities (5.15) and Northern Cape (5,67). The Northern Cape municipalities were also the lowest in 2016/17 (1,49) followed by Free State municipalities (4,40).
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1.7  The following is an analysis report on the frequency of Ward Councillor Report back meetings:

  • The average number of Ward Councillor Report Back meetings for reporting municipalities in the country was an average of 6.17 meetings per month in 2016/17, which increased to an average of 10.75 in 2017/18.
  • Per province, the lowest average of meetings per month in 2017/18 was reported by Free State municipalities (4.21), followed by Northern Cape municipalities (6.03) and they were also amongst the lowest in 2016/17, 5.20 for Free State and 2,03 for Northern Cape. Western Cape (3.23) municipalities also reported a low average of monthly meetings in 2016/17 with 3,23 but this increased to an average of 8,19 in 2017/18.

2. BACKGROUND

2.1 Chapter 4 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 requires of municipalities to develop a culture of community participation that complements formal representative government with a system of participatory governance and must for this purpose-

  • Encourage, and create conditions for, the local community to participate in the affairs of the municipality, including in—
  • the preparation implementation and review of its integrated development plan in terms of Chapter 5;
  • the establishment, implementation and review of its performance management system in terms of Chapter 6:
  • the monitoring and review of its performance, including the outcomes and impact of such performance, the preparation of its budget; and strategic decisions relating to the provision of municipal services in

2.2 Councillors and staff to foster community participation; and use its resources, and annually allocate funds in its budget for this purpose.

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22 March 2019 - NW401

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Mthethwa, Mr EM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to municipalities that were identified as being dysfunctional and had professionals deployed to them by his department in 2018, what progress has been made in respect of the performance of the specified municipalities?

Reply:

At the beginning of 2018/19 financial year CoGTA identified 87 dysfunctional municipalities that required urgent support. In August 2018 MISA deployed district support teams comprising more than 80 engineers and town planners in 55 out of the 87 identified dysfunctional municipalities. These 55 municipalities were targeted for technical support due to severe challenges in relation to the delivery of municipal infrastructure for basic services. Specifically, they were selected on the basis of the following:

  • 17 Municipalities had their MIG transfers stopped at least three times in the past 5 years, including 2017/18;
  • 18 Municipalities had their MIG transfers stopped at least twice in the past 5 years, including 2017/18; and
  • 20 Municipalities were experiencing different forms of service delivery challenges.

Each district support team deployed in these municipalities is constituted by engineers, construction and project managers, financial accountants, and town and regional planners. The focus of these teams is to build capacity of these municipalities to plan, deliver, operate and maintain infrastructure. A range of support initiatives are being implemented through these teams to enable these municipalities to improve. The support by these teams broadly covers the following areas, among others:

  • Technical support on the upgrading of infrastructure;
  • Project / contract management support;
  • Town Planning / Spatial & Development Planning Support;
  • Assistance in the compilation of ‘sector plans’ (master plans, water conservation and demand management, etc.);
  • Operations and maintenance support;
  • Revenue enhancement strategies; and
  • Policy and by-law reviews, Review and assessment of IDP’s and relevance to service delivery.

1. Progress Made in the 55 Municipalities To Date

Our active interventions and support has led to some progress. There are some distressed municipalities that have improved and which in our view deserve to be removed from the list of 55 dysfunctional municipalities. A total of 24 municipalities have significantly improved in terms of performance since deployment of district support teams. The table below provides a list of municipalities that have achieved significant improvements in performance.

Province

Number of Municipalities in the List of 55

No of Improved Municipalities

List of Improved Municipalities

Eastern Cape

11

6

Mnquma, Sakhisizwe, Matatiele, Mbizana, OR Tambo

Free State

4

2

Masilonyana, Maluti-a-Phofung

Gauteng

3

2

Lesedi, Rand West City

Kwazulu-Natal

10

7

Mpofana, uMgungundlovu DM, uMvoti, Ndwedwe, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Jozini, Inkosi Langalibalele

Limpopo

7

1

Molemole,

Mpumalanga

3

3

Lekwa, Govan Mbeki, Nkangala

Northern Cape

7

1

Kareeberg

North West

6

2

Ditsobotla, Ngaka Modiri Molema

Western Cape

4

1

Laingsburg

Totals

55

24

 

Summary of progress made with regard to performance in the 55 municilalities is demonstrated in the following:

  • Improvement with the monitoring and in spending of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant allocations;
  • Filling of critical technical positions;
  • Support with applications for grant funding;
  • Improvements in revenue collection through introduction of revenue enhancement strategies, e.g. development and implementation of water conservation and demand management plans for Matatiele, Kou Kama, Mose Kotane, Mafube, Letsemeng, uMzinyathi, Ugu, and Abaqulusi;
  • Improved planning and delivery of infrastructure as a result of support provided by the district support teams, e.g. Matjhabeng municipality is being supported with condition assessment of wastewater infrastructure. Ten other municipalities are supported with the development of sector plans, e.g electricity master planning in Madibeng and Spatial Development Framework for Makana;
  • Basic service delivery backlogs assessments are being conducted in five district municipalities, namely West Rand, uThukela, King Cetshwayo, uMgungundlovu, and Capricorn.
  • Framework contracts are being introduced to improve efficiencies in the procurement of goods and services in municipalities;
  • Reduction of adverse audit findings.

A table containing a list of all 55 municipalities highlighting support provided to each one and progress on performance to date is attached as an annexure to the reply.

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22 March 2019 - NW83

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What are the details of the (a) qualification(s) and (b) relevant experience of each (i) municipal manager, (ii) chief financial officer, (iii) technical manager, (iv) planning manager and (v) electrical engineer at the (aa) Ba-Phalaborwa, (bb) Letaba, (cc) Maruleng and (dd) Tzaneen Local Municipalities in Limpopo?

Reply:

Municipality

Designation

Qualification

Experience

Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality

Municipal Manager

Bachelor Degree of Administration

10 years

 

Chief Financial Officer

Bachelor of Commerce Degree

5 years

 

Technical Manager

Bachelor of Science Degree

5 years

 

Planning Manager

Bachelor Honours Degree in Spatial Planning

5 years

 

Electrical Engineer

Baccalaureus in Ingenieurswese

44 years

Letaba Local Municipality

Municipal Manager

Master of Public Administration

5 years

 

Chief Financial Officer

Bachelor of Commerce

10 years

 

Technical Manager

Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering

15 years

 

Planning Manager

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning

10 years

 

Electrical Engineer

National N6 Diploma in Electrical Engineering

7 years

Maruleng Local Municipality

Municipal Manager

Vacant

Not applicable

 

Chief Financial Officer

Vacant

Not applicable

 

Technical Manager

Bachelor of Technology in Engineering: Civil: Urban Engineering

5 years

 

Planning Manager

Vacant

Not applicable

 

Electrical Engineer

N6 National Certificate in Engineering Studies

4 years

Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality

Municipal Manager

Bachelor of Technology in Public Management

7 years

 

Chief Financial Officer

Bachelor Accounting Sciences Honours

9 years

 

Technical Manager

Bachelor of Technology Engineering: Civil (Urban Engineering)

11 years

 

Planning Manager

Master of Development

7 years

 

Electrical Engineer

Bachelor of Technology in Engineering

18 years

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO. 2019/83 WRITTEN REPLY: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

1. BACKGROUND

1.1  A Parliamentary question was received regarding the details of the qualification(s) and relevant experience of each municipal manager, chief financial officer, technical manager, planning manager and electrical engineer at the Ba-Phalaborwa, Letaba, Maruleng and Tzaneen Local Municipalities in Limpopo.

1.2  The Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000) provides a legal framework for local public administration, makes a provision for the Minister to regulate the setting of uniform standards for municipal staff systems and procedures, and empowers municipalities to adopt policies and procedures that are consistent with uniform standards set by the Minister.

1.3  The Local Government: Regulations on Appointment and Conditions of Employment of Senior Managers (“the Regulations”) promulgated in terms of sections 72 read with 120 of the Systems Act issued under GN No. 21 and published in Government Gazette No. 37245 of 17 January 2014, set out the criteria for appointment/ minimum competency requirements for senior managers in fulfilment of the Minister’s regulatory powers cited above.

1.4  In the main, the Regulations prescribe a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field, experience and successful completion of a competent competency rating as the entry requirements for appointment to a vacant senior manager position.

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22 March 2019 - NW601

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With regard to the fire on 26 August 2018 at a house in Sycamore Street, Cresslawn, Kempton Park, what (a) are the reasons that emergency services did not answer the first several calls made at around 01:00am, (b) is the time recorded that a call was made to the emergency services notifying them of the fire and (c) time did the fire fighters arrive at the scene; 2) What are the reasons that (a) there was no water in the fire engine tanks, (b) the hose connection did not fit the nearest fire hydrant and (c) the fire fighters only started dousing the flames at 02.50am; 3) What actions have been taken with regard to a missing laptop and the safe being tampered with; 4) Whether he will initiate a full inquiry to investigate all of the above? NW724E

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member was obtained by the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) from the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE). The response to the question and its sub-components by the CoE is as outlined below.

1)

a) Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) confirms that the well alight house in Sycamore Street Kempton Park was serviced on the 26th of August 2018 by firefighting crews from Kempton Park Fire station, which is the primary firefighting station in the area. It is important to note that the emergency call centre receives a high volume of calls on its emergency lines from community members reporting emergencies, hence the result in overloading of the emergency lines and delays in answering all the calls. The primary role and objective of Emergency Services is to render quality service delivery to the entire community and take preventative measures to save lives and properties from fires. Thus, at all times, Fire Engines and Ambulances are always ready to respond to all emergencies that the City of Ekurhuleni is legally expected to respond to. The city also has capabilities to respond and support other cities beyond its borders.

b) DEMS would like to highlight that the first call received was at 01:27 in the morning and the firefighting crew from the Kempton Park fire station as primary responders, rapidly responded accordingly to the address given, 11 Sycamore road Kempton Park. It took firefighting crews only eight minutes to arrive on the scene after pulling out of the station to the address.

c) Firefighters arrived on the scene of fire eight minutes after leaving the Kempton Park Fire Station.

2) On arrival of fire engines from Kempton Park fire station i.e. (i) Major Industrial Pumper, (ii) Hydraulic Platform (HP) and (iii) Grass Unit, part of the house`s roof had already collapsed. Immediate intervention was initiated to extinguish the blaze. Water from the first arriving Major Pumper was used prior to connection from the water tanker which responded from Tembisa. The first Major pumper that arrived on scene had 3 400 litres of water in the tank, which can be emptied within minutes depending on the number of discharge hoses in use and the diameter thereof. On arrival of the water tanker which had 12 000 litres capacity tank, relay pumping was initiated to complement water from the first pump. HP is a fire engine without a water tank as per specifications. It consists of a hydraulically operated extension ladder which has water way leading to the tip of the same ladder. Its main purpose is to rescue people from high rise buildings and it gets its water supply from other pumpers, water tankers and water sources such as hydrants. In this case, it was not utilised because the structure was a single-storey building. The CoE, for illustrative purposes has attached pictures of the hydraulic platform and the water tanker that was utilised on this incident as outlined below:

Picture 1: Hydraulic Platform based in Kempton Park

Picture 2: Type of water tanker used

  1. With regard to water hydrant connections, there are two main types of connections that are used within the Fire Brigade services and these are bayonet type or screw type standpipes. Both types of connection stand-pipes are part of the basic equipment readily available in the fire engines. Bayonet standpipe fits on a bayonet water hydrant outlet and the screw type standpipe is compatible with a screw type system water hydrant. It is important to note that these connections are not marked hence a Firefighter must open the lid and inspect before connecting the correct stand pipe. The correct standpipe was used on the day to sustain relay water supply to the fire through the pumps. Laying out of attack lines was done swiftly because firehoses are pre-packed. Thus, firefighting was initiated immediately on arrival. The CoE, for illustrative purposes has attached pictures of the different types of standpipes as outlined below: