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09 September 2020 - NW1763

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

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

Reply:

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

The establishment phase comprised mainly of five areas of work.

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

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

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09 September 2020 - NW1311

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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09 September 2020 - NW1592

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

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

Reply:

 

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

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

09 September 2020 - NW1300

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

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

Reply:

 

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

End.

09 September 2020 - NW1412

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

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

Reply:

 

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

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27 August 2020 - NW1299

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

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

Reply:

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

i/ National

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

ii.Provincial

The roles and responsibilities of the Province include:

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

iii. Local

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

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

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

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25 August 2020 - NW1813

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1460

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

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

Reply:

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

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1730

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

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

Reply:

  1. No.

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

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25 August 2020 - NW1288

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1761

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

d) No performance bonus was paid to the official.

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25 August 2020 - NW1628

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

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

Reply:

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

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

b) (i) and (ii)

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

PROVINCES

PURPOSE

AMOUNT

Eastern Cape

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

R44 551 000.00

Free State

 

R12 429 000.00

Gauteng

 

R115 996 000.00

KwaZulu-Natal

 

R138 918 000.00

Limpopo

 

R42 449 000.00

Mpumalanga

 

R33 993 000.00

Northern Cape

 

R6 224 000.00

North West

 

R18 540 000.00

Western Cape

 

R53 292 000.00

Total

 

R466 392 000.00

End.

25 August 2020 - NW1762

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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25 August 2020 - NW1289

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

a) disciplinary board;

b) provincial or national treasury;

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

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

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

a) compile a report on the investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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25 August 2020 - NW1660

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

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

Reply:

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

End

25 August 2020 - NW1406

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

e) Any other applicable labour laws and legislation.

End.

28 July 2020 - NW1237

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

End.

28 July 2020 - NW1411

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

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

Reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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28 July 2020 - NW1333

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

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

Reply:

a) The Department of Cooperative Governance does not own land

b) Not applicable

c) Not applicable

d) Not applicable

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07 July 2020 - NW1408

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

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

Reply:

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

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

19 June 2020 - NW1056

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

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

Reply:

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

Thank you

19 June 2020 - 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.

Thank you

19 June 2020 - NW1055

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

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

Reply:

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

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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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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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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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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:

1. No.

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

 

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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 - 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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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 - 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 - 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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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.

 

20 March 2020 - NW442

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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 on suspension in each municipality, (iii) the specified managers have been on suspension for (aa) less than 3 months, (bb) less than 6 months and (ccc) more than 6 months, (iv) managers are on fully paid suspension and (b) in which municipalities are the acting managers in each province?

Reply:

According to the information received from the Provincial Departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, thirty-five (35) senior managers have been suspended for various accounts of misconducts. The details regarding the names of each municipality and position are provided in the table below:

EASTERN CAPE:

Name of municipality

Total Number of municipal/city manager that have been on suspension

Total Number of managers directly accountable to municipal manager that have been on suspension

Period

Municipal managers on suspensions are fully paid

Managers directly accountable to municipal manager on suspension are on fully paid

     

Less than 3 months

Less than 6 months

More than 6 months

   

Nelson Mandela Bay MM

1

0

0

0

1

Yes

0

Sakhisizwe LM

1

0

0

0

1

Yes

0

Ingquza LM

1

0

0

0

1

Yes

0

Enoch Mgijima LM

1

0

0

1

0

Yes

0

OR Tambo DM

1

0

1

0

0

Yes

0

TOTAL SUSPENSIONS: 5

FREE STATE:

Name of municipality

Total Number of municipal/city manager that have been on suspension

Total Number of managers directly accountable to municipal manager that have been on suspension

Period

Municipal managers on suspensions are fully paid

Managers directly accountable to municipal manager on suspension are on fully paid

     

Less than 3 months

Less than 6 months

More than 6 months

   

Nala LM

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dihlabeng LM

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

Metsimaholo LM

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Moqhaka LM

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL SUSPENSIONS: 4

GAUTENG:

Name of municipality

Total Number of municipal/city manager that have been on suspension

Total Number of managers directly accountable to municipal manager that have been on suspension

Period

Municipal managers on suspensions are fully paid

Managers directly accountable to municipal manager on suspension are on fully paid

     

Less than 3 months

Less than 6 months

More than 6 months

   

West Rand District Municipality

1

0

0

1

0

Yes

0

Merafong City LM

1

0

0

0

1

Yes

0

TOTAL SUSPENSIONS: 2

LIMPOPO:

Name of municipality

Total Number of municipal/city manager that have been on suspension

Total Number of managers directly accountable to municipal manager that have been on suspension

Period

Municipal managers on suspensions are fully paid

Managers directly accountable to municipal manager on suspension are on fully paid

     

Less than 3 months

Less than 6 months

More than 6 months

   

Ephraim Mogale LM

1

0

0

0

1

Yes

0

Elias Motsoaledi LM

1

0

0

0

1

Yes

0

Sekhukhune DM

0

1

1

0

0

Yes

0

Collins Chabane LM

1

0

0

0

1

Yes

0

TOTAL SUSPENSIONS: 4

KWAZULU NATAL:

Name of municipality

Total Number of municipal/city manager that have been on suspension

Total Number of managers directly accountable to municipal manager that have been on suspension

Period

Municipal managers on suspensions are fully paid

Managers directly accountable to municipal manager on suspension are on fully paid

     

Less than 3 months

Less than 6 months

More than 6 months

   

Emadlangeni LM

1

0

0

0

Yes

Yes

0

Emadlangeni LM

0

1

0

0

Yes

0

Yes

Umzinyathi DM

1

0

0

0

Yes

Yes

Yes

Umzinyathi DM

0

1

0

0

Yes

0

Yes

Richmond LM

1

0

0

0

Yes

Yes

0

Abaqulusi LM

1

0

0

0

Yes

Yes

0

TOTAL SUSPENSIONS: 6

MPUMALANGA:

Name of municipality

Total Number of municipal/city manager that have been on suspension

Total Number of managers directly accountable to municipal manager that have been on suspension

Period

Municipal managers on suspensions are fully paid

Managers directly accountable to municipal manager on suspension are on fully paid

     

Less than 3 months

Less than 6 months

More than 6 months

   

Msukaligwa LM

0

1

0

1

0

0

Yes

Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme LM

0

1

0

1

0

0

Yes

Dr JS Moroka LM

0

1

0

0

1

0

Yes

TOTAL SUSPENSIONS: 3

NORTHERN CAPE:

Name of municipality

Total Number of municipal/city manager that have been on suspension

Total Number of managers directly accountable to municipal manager that have been on suspension

Period

Municipal managers on suspensions are fully paid

Managers directly accountable to municipal manager on suspension are on fully paid

     

Less than 3 months

Less than 6 months

More than 6 months

   

Dikgatlong LM

0

2

0

0

2

0

Yes

Sol Plaatjie LM

1

1

0

0

2

Yes

Yes

TOTAL SUSPENSIONS: 4

NORTH WEST:

Name of municipality

Total Number of municipal/city manager that have been on suspension

Total Number of managers directly accountable to municipal manager that have been on suspension

Period

Municipal managers on suspensions are fully paid

Managers directly accountable to municipal manager on suspension are on fully paid

     

Less than 3 months

Less than 6 months

More than 6 months

   

Lekwa Teemane LM

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

TOTAL SUSPENSIONS: 4

WESTERN CAPE:

Name of municipality

Total Number of municipal/city manager that have been on suspension

Total Number of managers directly accountable to municipal manager that have been on suspension

Period

Municipal managers on suspensions are fully paid

Managers directly accountable to municipal manager on suspension are on fully paid

     

Less than 3 months

Less than 6 months

More than 6 months

   

Knysna LM

1

0

1

0

0

Yes

0

George LM

0

1

1

0

0

0

Yes

Cederberg LM

0

1

0

1

0

0

Yes

TOTAL SUSPENSIONS: 3

(b) Where there is a record of suspension of a municipal manager, the municipal council appoints acting municipal manager until completion of the disciplinary hearing.

End.

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

Thank you

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.