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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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 - 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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 - NW891

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

(1)In light of the fact that the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Act, Act 3 of 2019, does not recognise Khoi-San kingship and queenship, how will (a) the provisioning of budget be allocated to the Khoi-San tribes and (b) accountability of the budget be determined; (2) on what date is it envisaged that the handbook will be made available, stipulating clear guidelines of the Government’s expectations of the Khoi-San as traditional leaders; (3) whether the handbook will be published in Afrikaans, which is a language that the Khoisan people are fluent in; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details? NW1099E

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 May 2020 - NW963

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

What documentation and/or permit is required specifically for essential and permitted goods and/or services sole proprietorships which operate during the lockdown to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, given that they cannot obtain an essential service permit from the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, as they are not registered with that institution nor required to be?

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 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

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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

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25 May 2020 - NW985

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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 financial and compliance functions from the office, such as the payment of salaries, essential information technology support, coordination of feedings schemes and essential building maintenance, subject to observance of standard hygiene and health protocols that apply to any other workplace during the lockdown to curb the Covid-19 pandemic?

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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18 May 2020 - NW759

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

(1)What number of municipalities in each province have (a) infrastructure maintenance plans in place and (b) implemented such plans (i) fully or (ii) partly; (2) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW961E

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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18 May 2020 - NW738

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

Whether the Ekurhuleni Development Agency (EDA) of the City of Ekurhuleni, reports directly to her; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the (i) names and (ii) qualifications of the five board members, (b) what amount has each board member earn in each financial year since the inception of the EDA, (c) what (i) number of persons work for the EDA, (ii) are their positions and (iii) is the gross salary that each person earns per annum and (d) what (i) was the total budget of the EDA since its inception and (ii) has it accomplished?

Reply:

The Ekurhuleni Development Agency does not report to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

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18 May 2020 - NW865

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Abrahams, Ms ALA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether her department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial and/or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial and/or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses? NW1072E

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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18 May 2020 - NW794

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

(1)Whether councillors hand their resignation from a municipality to her department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (2) whether a certain person (name furnished) resigned as a councillor at a certain municipality (name furnished); if not, on what statutory ground(s) can the specified person rely to simultaneously serve as the Executive Mayor of a certain district municipality (name furnished) and a councillor at the specified local municipality; if so, on what date did the person resign as a councillor from the local municipality; (3) whether the person receives remuneration from the two different municipalities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the person’s remuneration package from each municipality and (b) on what statutory grounds do the municipalities rely in this regard; (4) whether she has found that there are any other councillors who simultaneously serve as mayors of different municipalities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the full relevant details in each case? NW997E

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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18 May 2020 - NW823

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

(1)What measures has her department put in place to ensure that there are no initiation schools during the Level 4 restrictions with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic; (2) whether her department has put measures in place to (a) conduct oversight and (b) raise public awareness with regard to initiation schools; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1026E

Reply:

1. One of the endeavours to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Minister consulted the range of Traditional Leaders, through CONTRALESA, the National House of Traditional Leaders and the Provincial Houses who agreed to suspend customary initiations.  The Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders and Provincial Houses launched a media campaign regarding the suspension of the initiation.

2. Provincial Initiation Task Teams will monitor and ensure that no customary initiation takes place.

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18 May 2020 - NW723

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

a.With reference to her department’s call for public comments on the Government’s Draft Framework for the Risk-Adjusted Strategy to bring different sectors of the economy back to work, what (a) number of submissions have been received via the (i) nervecentre@cogta.gov.za and (ii) lockdowncomments@cogta.gov.za electronic mail addresses, (b) process, matrix and criteria have been used to evaluate each submission and (c) number of persons are responsible for reviewing the submissions received from members of the public; b. What (a) changes have been made to the Government’s Draft Framework for the Risk-Adjusted Strategy due to the submissions received from members of the public and (b) was the reason for each change; c. What criteria will be used to measure the success or failure of each level proposed for each economic sector? NW927E

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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18 May 2020 - NW717

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) are the details of the processes followed by the Uthukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal in awarding contracts for the transport and supply of water by road tanker transport to consumers from 1 January 2014, (b) are the (i) names, (ii) identity and/or company registration numbers and (iii) physical and postal addresses of each person and/or company contracted to deliver water to consumers, (c) is the (i) duration, (ii) value and scope of each contract and (iii) total amount paid in each case and (d) is the number of loads delivered and distance travelled by each contractor?

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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27 April 2020 - NW617

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

(1)Whether her department provided a budget to accommodate the councillors of the Matlosana Local Municipality, North West, after their houses were torched during the violent protests in September 2019; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what is the budget allocation in this regard, (b) what is the total cost in this regard to date, (c) have they been confined to the guesthouse during the current national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, (d) how long is it envisaged that they will remain in the guesthouse and (e) who will be responsible for the costs of an extended stay beyond the permissible legal framework; (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

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27 April 2020 - NW577

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

Whether her department has any monitoring processes in place in respect of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant; if not, why not; if so, what processes were followed in order to award a contract worth R100 000 to a certain person (details furnished)?

Reply:

The Department of Cooperative Governance have established processes and procedures, including the monitoring support system, Municipal Infrastructure Grant Management Information System (MIG-MIS), to manage the assessment, registration, approval and implementation of the MIG projects.  It should however be noted that the MIG is a direct grant allocated to municipalities with specific conditions on what the funds could be utilised for.  The Department is not involved with the procurement processes within municipalities; however, municipalities are expected to comply with procurement legislation and policies issued by the National Treasury.  As such, municipalities follow their own procurement policies in the tendering and appointment of contractors and service providers. END.

 

27 April 2020 - NW581

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

What steps is her department taking to monitor and curb corruption that is happening in municipalities regarding food parcels that are distributed by political parties instead of municipal officials?

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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27 April 2020 - NW636

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

Whether she has a monitoring system in place that monitors the business interests of councillors, mayors and senior local government staff; if not, why not; if so, what measures has she taken about the Auditor-General report which revealed that (a) the Mayor and (b) a Councillor of the Sekhukhune District Municipality are doing business with the municipality without declaring their interests?

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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20 March 2020 - NW378

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

(a) What (i) number of municipalities have vacant positions of chief financial officers and (ii) is the name of each specified municipality, (b) on what date did each specified position become vacant and (c) what was the reason for each such vacancy?

Reply:

According to information provided by the Provincial Departments of Local Government, there are fifty-three (53) municipalities that have vacant positions of Chief Financial Officers. The details regarding the names of each of the specified municipality, and the date on which each of the specified positions became vacant as well as the reasons thereof are provided in the table below as follows:

PROVINCE

NAME OF MUNICIPALITY

DATE ON WHICH THE POSITION BECAME VACANT

REASONS FOR VACANCY

KwaZulu-Natal (9)

Ugu District Municipality

31 August 2019

Resigned

 

Ray NkonyenI Local Municipality

14 February 2020

Resigned

 

Umngungundlovu District Municipality

30 September 2018

Resigned

 

Mpofana Local Municipality

April 2015

Deceased

 

Umngeni Local Municipality

31 December 2019

Contract of employment terminated

 

MkhambathinI Local Municipality

1 January 2020

Resigned

 

Newcastle Local Municipality

31 August 2018

Resigned

 

Edumbe Local Municipality

31 January 2019

Resigned

Limpopo (8)

Vhembe District Municipality

1 April 2019

Resigned

 

Mopani District Municipality

1 March 2020

Resigned

 

Maruleng Local Municipality

1 July 2018

Fixed-term contract ended

 

Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality

1 August 2019

Resigned

 

Lephalale Local Municipality

19 May 2019

Dismissal.

 

Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality

1 January 2020

Resigned

 

Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality

1 December 2018

Resigned

 

Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality

1 December2019

Resigned

Free State (7)

Kopanong Local Municipality

1 October 2018

Resigned

 

Masilonyana Local Municipality

31 October 2018

Resigned

 

Tokologo Local Municipality

30 April 2017

Fixed-term contract ended

 

Setsoto Local Municipality

28 March 2019

Appointment found invalid, the municipal council rescinded the appointment

 

Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality

1 February 2019

Fixed-term contract ended

 

Fezile Dabi District Municipality

15 June 2018

Resigned

 

Metsimaholo Local Municipality

31 August 2019

Resigned

Northern Cape (6)

Frances Baard District Municipality

1 March 2020

Resigned

 

Phokwane Local Municipality

30 March 2015

Contract Expired

 

Richtersveld Local Municipality

31 May 2019

Medically board

 

Namakhoi Local Municipality

16 November 2010

Employment contract expired

 

Renosterberg Local Municipality

31 September 2011

Political Intervention

 

Gamagara Local Municipality

20 February 2020

Resigned

Western Cape (6)

Matzikama Local Municipality

February 2020

Resigned

 

Cederberg Local Municipality

February 2020

Resigned

 

George Local Municipality

1 July 2019

Dismissal

 

Beaufort West Municipality

1 March 2020

Resigned

 

Mossel Bay Municipality

16 March 2020

Employment contract expired

 

Witzenberg Municipality

30 June 2018

Employment contract expired

North West (6)

Madibeng Local Municipality

1/01/2019

Resigned

 

Rustenburg Local Municipality

2018

Resigned

 

Ratlou Local Municipality

2017 December 31

Fixed-term contract ended

 

Naledi Local Municipality

27 September 2019

Resigned

 

Greater Taung Local Municipality

08 March 2019

Fixed-term contract ended

 

Dr Ruth Mompati District Municipality

30 April 2018 resigned

Fixed-term contract ended

Eastern Cape (5)

Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality

-

Employment contract expired

 

Emalahleni Local Municipality

-

Employment contract expired

 

Kouga Local Municipality

-

Resigned

 

Port St. Johns Local Municipality

-

Resigned

 

Ingquza Hill Local Municipality

-

Resigned

Gauteng (4)

Sedibeng District Municipality

5 December 2019

Resigned

 

Lesedi Local Municipality

26 September 2018

Dismissed

 

Midvaal Local Municipality

30 June 2019

Resigned

 

Merafong City Local Municipality

1 January 2020

Resigned

END.

20 March 2020 - NW441

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Graham, Ms SJ to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What total number of (i) municipal/city managers and (ii) managers directly accountable to municipal manager are in acting positions in municipalities, (iii) the specified managers have been acting for (aa) less than 3 months, (bb) less than 6 months and (ccc) more than 6 months and (iv) managers are fit and proper to hold the acting positions and (b) in which municipalities are the acting managers in each province?

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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19 March 2020 - NW177

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

Whether, with reference to her replies to questions (a) 604 on 22 March 2019, (b) 605 on 22 March 2019, (c) 607 on 22 March 2019, (d) 32 on 5 July 2019 and (e) 129 on 5 July 2019, she will furnish Mr M Waters with copies of all (i) correspondence in which her department requested the said information and (ii) the responses from the City of Ekurhuleni; if not, why not?

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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19 March 2020 - NW114

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Shaik Emam, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What steps has she taken in accordance with section 154(1) of the Constitution, 1996, to support and strengthen the municipality of Louwater in the Eastern Cape to provide their community with safe drinking water and assist with the roads and electricity infrastructure that is still lacking after 25 years of democracy?

Reply:

The town of Louterwater is in the Koukamma Local Municipality (KLM), which is a municipality under Sarah Baartman District. The Koukamma LM is a Water Services Authority (WSA) and a Water Services Provider (WSP), which is responsible for providing water and sanitation & other services to the communities in its precinct.

There have been several challenges pertaining to service delivery in Louterwater on Water, Sanitation, Roads and Electricity, however the municipality has several projects in place that seek to address these challenges.

There is currently a water Project funded by Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) under the Water Services Infrastructure Grant (WSIG) to the amount of R2,2m which is to Drill and Equip 4 boreholes to supplement the current water supply. Also under the WSIG project, a leak detection and pipe replacement project was carried out during the lockdown period.

Under the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) there is a R17m allowed over three years for the upgrading of Roads Projects in Louterwater, for this financial year there is R3m allocated and there is currently a contractor on site.

A tender was advertised in November 2019 for the electrification of Ravinia, Krakeel and Louterwater over a three-year period ending on 30 June 2022 (± 250 Electrical connections for Louterwater town). Funding will be provided through the Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP) Grant provided by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy.

The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) is currently providing technical support to the KLM, by deploying an Electrical and Civil Engineers to provide engineering expertise. MISA is involved in the engineering projects.

19 March 2020 - NW312

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

What (a) were the circumstances leading to the termination of the contract of a certain person (name and details furnished), (b) was the total amount of any severance package and/or settlement agreement paid, (c) amount was paid in lieu of the specified person serving the balance of the employment agreement and (d) was the total amount of any performance rewards paid to the specified person since the person’s employment with her department?

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

19 March 2020 - NW309

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the fact that municipalities will be constantly monitored and evaluated on their ability to carry out various functions including the oversight of their oversight structures, Section 79 Committees, audit committees and district intergovernmental relations forums, what steps has her department taken to deal with the various oversight structures and committees in the (a) Joe Morolong and (b) Phokwane Local Municipalities in the Northern Cape that have failed to prevent adverse audit findings?

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

19 March 2020 - NW180

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

Whether, with reference to her replies to questions (a) 507 on 16 September 2019 and (b) 508 on 16 September 2019, she will furnish Dr A Lotriet with copies of all (i) correspondence in which her department requested the said information and (ii) the responses from the City of Ekurhuleni; if not, why not?

Reply:

The information used to respond to this question was provided by the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

(i) Below please find the full responses to the Parliamentary Questions 2019/507 and 2019/508 provided by the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance

(ii) The response to question PQ 507 is as follows:

  1. The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department firearm audit is still being finalized in conjunction with the SAPS – Central Firearms Registrar and the Department, therefore this information cannot be provided until such time this audit has been concluded.
  2. Firearms are inspected by Shift Commanders/Supervisors daily and records thereof are kept at the various Units/Sections and Divisions.

The response to question PQ 508 is as follows:  

  1. (a) All members issued with a firearm have an obligation to report all firearm-related incidents, as well as their respective supervisors if they are informed, (b) 01 June 2019, however, was only reported to the Department on 01 July 2019 – Theft of Firearm – Vosloorus CAS no. 30/07/2019, (c) (i) The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department Firearm Audit is still being finalized in conjunction with the SAPS – Central Firearms Registrar and the Department. Such information will only be communicated once the audit is concluded.
  2. The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department firearm audit is still being finalized.
  3. No firearms have been issued to other Departments. The only Division issued with firearms was the Licensing Division, which has since been absorbed into the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department, which ensures compliance in this regard.

19 March 2020 - NW130

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

(1)Whether, with reference to her replies to question 449 on 16 September 2019 and subsequently to question 1502 on 2 December 2019, she has received the information and is now in a position to indicate the number of (a) firearms and (b) ammunition that were separately (i) stolen and/or (ii) lost in each of the past five financial years in every metro police; (2) what type of and/or calibre of such (a) firearms and (b) ammunition were (i) stolen and/or (ii) lost in each case; (3) whether she is still not in a position to provide the information; if not, (a) why not and (b) on what date is it envisaged that the reply will be made available; (4) 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

19 March 2020 - NW308

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Has she been informed of the actions that have been taken in the Northern Cape and in particular with regard to Ga-Segonyana Local Municipality, in terms of the extended mandate of the Auditor-General which came into effect on 1 April 2019, to ensure that the Auditor-General can take certain specific actions that would result in increased accountability for financial officers and institutions, as part of phase one of the roll-out of action; if so, what plans has the Auditor-General put in place to institute action in terms of this mandate going forward?

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

19 March 2020 - NW178

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

Whether, with reference to her replies to questions (a) 130 on 5 July 2019, (b) 131 on 5 July 2019, (c) 187 on 5 July 2019 and (d) 239 on 1 August 2019, she will furnish Mr M Waters with copies of all (i) correspondence in which her department requested the said information and (ii) the responses from the City of Ekurhuleni; if not, why not?

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

19 March 2020 - NW176

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

Whether, with reference to her replies to questions (a) 185 on 22 March 2019, (b) 186 on 22 March 2019, (c) 187 on 25 March 2019 and (d) 598 on 22 March 2019, she will furnish Mr M Waters with copies of all (i) correspondence in which her department requested the said information and (ii) the responses from the City of Ekurhuleni; if not, why not?

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

19 March 2020 - NW212

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

Whether her department intends to assist and strengthen the Steve Tshwete Municipality in Mpumalanga in accordance with section 154 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, to ensure that water is available to the L D Moetanalo Secondary School in Ward 28; 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

18 March 2020 - NW54

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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:

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

18 March 2020 - NW7

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

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to questions (a) 652 on 16 September 2019 and (b) 1454 on 2 December 2019, she is now in a position to indicate whether her department is aware of outstanding payments to third parties such as pension funds, medical aids and the SA Revenue Service by various municipalities; if so, will she provide Mr W W Wessels with (i) a list of the relevant municipalities and (ii) each amount owed to each third party; (2) whether her department has a plan in place to intervene in the specified municipalities that are allegedly guilty of utilising third party deductions for operational expenditure; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether her department has been informed of syndicates of municipal officials who paid third party deductions to their own bank accounts; if not, will her department investigate the allegations; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) how is her department assisting municipal officials who are at retirement age but whose pensions are affected by the non-payment of contributions by the municipalities to the respective pension funds?

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

18 March 2020 - NW20

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Mpumza, Mr GG to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, in search of providing useful skills that empower participants to access job and business opportunities after exiting the Community Works Programme (CWP) and Empowered Public Works Programme (EPWP), she has found that the current CWP and EPWP needs to be redesigned; 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

Thank you

18 March 2020 - NW76

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

Which municipalities in the Northern Cape have acting municipal managers who do not meet the minimum competency requirements?

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

18 March 2020 - NW24

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Direko, Ms DR to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to her reply to question 299 for oral reply on 27 November 2019 and in view of the endorsement by the President’s Co-ordinating Council of a new district-based model for development that will synchronise planning by all spheres of government and involve citizens and civil society, what progress has been made on the implementation of the District Development Model which will focus on 44 municipal districts and eight metros?

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

18 March 2020 - NW75

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

Whether she will provide Mrs G Opperman with (a) a list of municipalities in the Northern Cape that underspent their capital budgets in the (i) 2017-18 and (ii) 2018-19 financial years and (b)(i) the total budget and (ii)(aa) relevant Municipal Infrastructure Grant and (bb) Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant projects underspent on; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what date is it envisaged that she will make the list available?

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

18 March 2020 - NW77

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

What (a) total number of municipalities have implemented the municipal cost containment regulations as gazetted in 2019 and (b) steps are being taken to ensure that all municipalities comply with the 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

Thank you

18 March 2020 - NW23

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Muthambi, Ms AF to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

In light of the service delivery protests that hit local municipalities like Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality and the court order dissolving the Makana Municipal Council in the Eastern Cape, what support is her department providing to (a) struggling and (b) dysfunctional municipalities?

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

18 March 2020 - NW22

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Xaba-Ntshaba, Ms PP to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she intends to involve traditional leaders in the affairs of the municipalities in pursuit of deeper partnerships with the communities in the planning, building and maintenance of infrastructure; 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

Thank you

18 March 2020 - NW19

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Kibi, Ms MT to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

In light of the fact that the quest of inclusive communities has in the recent past met with challenges due to changing weather patterns, what is her department doing in transforming the cities into smart and green zones in order to mitigate and adapt to climate change?

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

18 March 2020 - NW21

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Tlou, Ms M to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

In light of the several provinces that have experienced floods that caused damage to property and loss of lives, what are the reasons that storm water is not channelled from urban areas to designated water retaining destinations?

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

09 March 2020 - NW310

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Van Minnen, Ms BM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether her department, in light of the overall audit outcome for the Joe Morolong Local Municipality in the Northern Cape which remained unchanged for the past three years with no improvement in audit findings, has found that the province was unable to place the municipality under administration; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why has her department not placed the municipality under administration considering that the financial statement qualification areas have worsened despite paying over R6 million to consultants in the past financial year?

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