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QUESTION 1776

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 28 May 2010

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 15 of 2010

Mr N J J van R Koornhof (Cope) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

When will the visa requirements for South Africans visiting the United Kingdom be lifted?

NW2042E

REPLY

No. I have not asked for the Visa requirements to be lifted. There were objective, and subjective reasons that led to the Visa requirements. For this reason, it will serve no useful purpose to request for the lifting of the requirement, at this stage.

QUESTION NO: 1779

Mr MH Hoosen (ID) to ask the Minister of Correctional Services:

What (a) was the total number of deaths recorded of prisoners in custody in the (i) 2007/08, (ii) 2008/09 and (iii) 2009/10 financial years in each prison and (b) was the cause of death in each case?

NW2052E

REPLY

(a) (i), (ii) and (iii)

PERIOD

NATURAL DEATHS

UNNATURAL DEATHS

2007/ 08

1054

51

2008/ 09

909

47

2009/ 10

676

49

(b) As attached

[NB: The total numbers of natural deaths are higher than unnatural deaths. The totals provided differs with what is reflected in the Annual Reports for the respective years due to the fact that at the time of publishing the Annual Reports the specific cause of number of deaths was still not known. Upon receipt of death certificates only the exact number of deaths would be known. ]

QUESTION: NO 1780

(Internal Question Paper No 15 – 2010)

Mr D A Kganare (Cope) to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation:

(1) How many sports facilities has his department built in each province since 1 April 2004?

(2)

(a) Which sport development programmes has his department implemented during the same period and

(b) How much did it cost?

(3) Whether his department assessed its impact in each case? If not, why not? If so, what are the relevant details?

NW2053E

RESPONSE:

(1) How many sports facilities has his department built in each province since 1 April 2004?

The Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, does not build sport and recreation facilities. In 2004 the funds for sport and recreation were incorporated into the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Programme. The funds are allocated to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs which in turn transfers the funds to the municipalities. The municipality allocates funds to various community infrastructure needs which include water, sanitation, sport and recreation, municipal road etc. SRSA assists in planning and prioritisation.

Since 2004 until end of March 2010 a total of 158 sport and recreation facilities projects have been completed. The distribution is as follows:

PROVINCE

NO OF PROJECTS

EC

13

FS

6

GP

22

KZN

31

LP

10

MP

8

NC

3

NW

28

WC

37

TOTAL

158

(2) Sport development programmes implemented by the Department since 2004 are:

SRSA develops policy, determines norms and standards and assist with fund management. In terms of development, we do the following:

  • Transferring of funds to the National Federations for sport development.
  • Transferring of funds to the provinces through Division of Revenue Act (DORA) for Community Sport (formerly called Siyadlala)
  • Assisting Federations, Provinces and Communities in skills development (e.g. Administration, Coaches, Referees etc.)
  • for School Sport Mass Participation
  • for Club development
  • for Legacy
  • (b) See attached table

    Year

    Club development

    Scientific Support

    Transfers

    Community Mass Participation

    School Sport

    Total

    000

    000

    000

    000

    000

    000

    2004/5

    -

    91,823

    26,309

    118,132

    2005/6

    6,500

    76,398

    34,685

    12,902

    130,485

    2006/7

    1,145

    69,068

    124,703

    25,843

    220,759

    2007/8

    5,403

    77,006

    207,066

    41,611

    331,086

    2008/9

    3,000

    21,543

    61,088

    317,506

    27,415

    430,552

    2009/10

    5,243

    20,058

    67,466

    427,418

    22,000

    542,185

    (3) Yes. The department has conducted a facilities audit to assess the impact of the infrastructure development initiatives. A comprehensive report is available on the departmental website (www.srsa.gov.za). Performance information for the relevant years is provided in the Annual Reports for the periods under discussion. However, information in respect of 2009/2010 will be published in the Annual Report to be tabled this year.

    QUESTION NO: 1781
    Question
    Mr. D A Kganare, MP (COPE) to asked the Minister of Human Settlements:

    1. How many households in each province are still using the bucket system for sanitation?

    2. Whether there is a programme to eliminate the bucket system; if not, why not; if so what are the relevant details;

    3. (a) How many Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) toilets are being utilized in each province;

    (b) How much does it cost to service each toilet and

    (c) Who services these toilets?

    4. (a) In which provinces are there unenclosed toilets and

    (b) What has he done to address the matter?


    Reply

    Question 1

    (a). How many households in each province are still using the bucket system for sanitation?

    Answer

    Out of the original pre 1994 backlog of 252 254 households who were using a bucket system of sanitation in established settlements in 2005, the remaining backlog in September 2009 at the close of the bucket eradication programme was:

    Eastern Cape: 190

    Free State: 7179

    Northern Cape: 627

    TOTAL 7996

    Question 2

    (a).Whether there is programme to eliminate the bucket system; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

    Answer

    Yes there is a programme to eliminate the bucket system of sanitation. The municipalities are being supported to complete replacement of the remaining pre 1994 buckets.

    There are about 200 000 post 1994 buckets in established settlements which the Department is supporting municipalities to identify, quantify, prioritise and replace through their Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) allocations.

    Buckets that are in informal settlements are being repIaced through the Informal Settlements Up-grading and the National Housing Programmes which have a target of 2014.

    Question 3

    (a).How many Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) toilets are being utilized in each province?

    Answer

    The number of VIP toilets in each province are as follows:


    Province

    No of VIP Toilets

    Eastern Cape

    670 946

    Free State

    108 103

    Gauteng

    238 387

    KwaZulu – Natal

    992 213

    Limpopo

    553 299

    Mpumalanga

    223 531

    North West

    289 689

    Northern Cape

    24 713

    Western Cape

    65 301

    TOTAL

    3 166 182

    Question 4

    (b).How much does it cost to service each toilet?

    Answer

    On average it costs the municipality between R850 to R1200 per VIP to service VIP toilets and it is done once in five (5) years. The municipality services all VIP toilets in an area whether it is full or not once in five years using the Equitable Share allocation at no cost to the households.

    QUESTION NO. 1782
    QUESTION:
    Mr D A Kganare (Cope) to ask the Minister of Human Settlements:

    (1 ) (a) How many Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses were built annually in each province since 1994 and (b) what amount has been spent on these houses;

    (2) (a) how many RDP houses had to be (i) rebuilt or (ii) repairedJ (b) what were the reasons for this, (c) how much did the rebuilding and repairing of RDP houses cost and ( d) from which budget was the rebuilding and repairing of these houses financed;

    (3) whether any study has been conducted to verify whether the original people to whom the houses were allocated are still occupying these houses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?


    REPLY

    It is suggested that you respond to Mr D A Kganare's question in the following .manner:

    (1) (a) The details of housing delivery are reflected in Table 1A [ http://www.pmg.org.za/questions/tableA.pdf ]

    (b) The details of expenditure are reflected in Table 1B [ http://www.pmg.org.za/questions/tableB.pdf ]

    (2) (a) Since the inception of the Rectification Programme, a total number of (i) 368 units have been demolished and rebuilt while (ii) 131 380 units have been rectified. Detail in respect of the various Provinces is set out in the table below:


    PROVINCE

    Number of Units

    Cost

    R'rn

    Demolished and rebuilt

    Rectified

    Demolished and rebuilt

    Rectified

    Eastern Cape

    135

    5 885

    8.8

    73,0

    Free State

    59

    1600

    3,8

    40,0

    Gauteng

    3

    117 451

    0.3

    (255,000 thousand)

    528,5

    KwaZulu- Natal

    0

    2500

    0

    67,5

    Limpopo

    189

    0

    1.4

    0

    Mpumalanga

    0

    125

    0

    2,6

    Northern Cape

    0

    684

    0

    25,4

    North West

    0

    650

    0

    24,9

    Western Cape

    0

    2 485

    0

    87,7

    Total

    386

    131 380

    14,3

    849,6

    (b) The main reason for the demolishing and/or repairing housing units was mostly foundations and walls that did not comply with the prescribed norms and standards.

    (c) As set out in the table above, an estimated R863,9 million has been paid out by Provincial Human Settlements Departments since 1 April 2005 when the Rectification Programme started. In some cases the amount above includes costs for temporal relocation of families affected

    (d) It is funded from the Human Settlements Development Grant.

    (3) Yes, the Housing Beneficiary Occupancy Audit was undertaken in 2008 to determine status of occupants against housing subsidy system database. The study found that 34% of the approved beneficiaries are still occupying the houses allocated to them.

    QUESTION NO 1783

    DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 28 MAY 2010

    (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 15- 2010)

    Date reply submitted: 14 June 2010

    1783. Mr R B Bhoola (MF) to ask the Minister of Police:

    Whether the SA Police Service (SAPS) provide security for anybody other than VIPs, Ministers, judges and MECs; if so, what are the (a) criteria for such protection and (b) total cost to the SAPS to provide security for those who do not qualify in terms of the Handbook for Members of the Executive and Presiding Officers? NW2056E

    REPLY:

    Yes.

    (a) A manifested threat confirmed by a threat assessment dictate that protection is deemed necessary to individuals not covered by the Handbook.

    (b) R44,787.00 per month, depending on the distance travelled.

    QUESTION 1784 Written reply 28 MAY 2010

    Mr. RB Bhoola (MF) to ask the Minister of Public Works:

    (1)Whether his department has any plans to address its vacancy rate; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) what are the specific targets;

    (2) Whether his department has contingency plans in place to ensure that skills in the required areas are transferred when technically skilled personnel reach retirement age; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

    NW2057E

    REPLY

    (1) Yes

    (a) The department has recently identified, prioritised and approved 743 critical positions for filling in line with the current financial constraints facing the department.

    (b) The department has embarked on a recruitment drive to fill 453 positions identified as very critical by the end of the financial year, 2010/2011.

    (2) Yes

    The department is implementing a mentorship programme in relation to internships and young professionals programmes for which retired professionals are re-appointed to mentor and coach participants in the programmes.

    QUESTION NO. 1787

    DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 4 JUNE 2010 (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 16-2010)

    "1787. Ms M R Shinn to ask the Minister of Science and Technology:

    (1) What are the details of the return on investment to the Government for the (a) development, (b) manufacture, (c) transport and (d) launching costs associated with the SumbandilaSat satellite;

    (2) (a) Which (i) departments and (ii) research institutions have committed to using the images transmitted from the satellite, (b) what are the (i) financial arrangements, (ii) agreed deliverables and (iii) deadlines of these commitments, (c) how much revenue is the satellite projected to contribute to the fiscus in its year of operation and (d) to what government agency will it be paid;

    (3) Whether any applications are currently being supplied by SumbandilaSat; if not, (a) when will delivery of applications begin and (b) what (i) is the name of each client and (ii) are the details of the applications; if so, (aa) what applications and (bb) for which department or institution in each case;

    (4) Whether any contracts have been discussed or signed with any country in Africa and the Middle East; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case;

    (5) Whether South Africa is actively marketing its services to these countries; if not, why not; if so, (a) to which countries and (b) what are the relevant details in each case?"

    NW1946E

    REPLY:

    1. Given the conceptualisation of SumbandilaSat as a technology demonstrator, the return on investment is in the form of –

    · human capital development in space science engineering;

    · intellectual property and experience (space heritage);

    · international cooperation in the field of space science and technology.

    (2)(a)(i) The following Departments committed to using the images include –

    · Department of Water Affairs;

    · Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry;

    · Department of Environment Affairs;

    · Department of Mineral Resources;

    · Department of Energy.

    (ii) The research institutions committed to using SumbandilaSat imagery include –

    · Department of GIS and Remote Sensing (University of Fort Hare);

    · Meraka Institute;

    · Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – the CSIR Defence, Peace and Security Services and CSIR Forestry divisions;

    · University of KwaZulu-Natal;

    · Umvoto Africa (Pty) Ltd (consultants for water resource development and management);

    · Council for Geosciences;

    · Agricultural Research Council.

    (b)(i) SumbandilaSat images are not for commercial use but for research and development. However, financial arrangements in respect of the support of research projects funded by the DST include –

    · University of Fort Hare – SumbandilaSat research projects at honours level at R100 000 for 10 students;

    · Meraka Institute – identification of priority sites in South Africa for the acquisition of SumbandilaSat Imagery at R282 420;

    · CSIR – evaluation of vegetation-specific applications for the SumbandilaSat with focus on the red-edge and xanthophyll wavelength ranges (project cost R495 000);

    · change vector analysis for surface and groundwater interaction monitoring at R185 225;

    · mineral mapping and spectral validation of SumbandilaSat's visible and near-infrared sensors at R379 894.

    (ii) SumbandilaSat is a technology demonstrator, but its development offers South Africa a number of competitive advantages, such as scientific and economic growth, sustainable development, security and planning. SumbandilaSat imagery can be used for various applications with direct societal benefits, including –

    · disaster management (floods, fire);

    · food security (crop yield estimation);

    · health (prediction of outbreaks);

    · land cover/land use (planning and monitoring information);

    · safety and security;

    · water resource management;

    · energy.

    (iii) The deadlines vary, but are limited to three years to coincide with the lifetime of the satellite.

    (c) As SumbandilaSat is a technology demonstrator, no revenue is expected from the satellite. However, there is a potential for value-add in terms of the various services and products developed. These revenue streams will accrue to the research projects and further supplement existing research budgets.

    (d) No revenue is expected to be paid to any government agencies.

    (3)(a) Some of the applications are imagery dependent and will begin once imagery data is made available to the public, research institutions and academia by the Satellite Application Centre (SAC). SumbandilaSat has been producing imagery since October 2009, but images have to be validated by the SAC and other SumbandilaSat project stakeholders before distribution. Once this is done the applications and science institutions mentioned in 2 (a) will apply.

    (b)(i) SAC is currently managing all SumbandilaSat application projects with the stakeholders already mentioned in 2(a)(i) and (ii).

    (ii) The list of applications below is by no means exhaustive, but aims to illustrate the wide applicability of the satellite data. Additional applications will be funded once the data has been validated.

    Application 1: Agriculture resource management

    The opportunity to deploy a unique set of spectral bands, optimised for a particular application, makes the use of small satellites particularly attractive. Multiple microsatellites in constellation will be able to give daily information of any target agricultural region, for the purpose of detecting plant stress conditions, optimising fertilizer application, predicting crop yield, detecting overgrazing, etc.

    Application 2: Settlement management and infrastructure development

    The 6,25 m GSD imagery planned for SumbandilaSat will be adequate for repeatable high-resolution images for detecting rapid urban sprawl.

    Application 3: Disaster mitigation, response and recovery

    Flood warnings are best obtained through commercial meteorological satellite data. Relief efforts, however, require constant monitoring of water levels and other spatial information and would be best acquired through dedicated small-satellite high-resolution data. It is furthermore possible to dedicate a small satellite to track relief operations across large areas. The short-term pre-disaster phase can be mitigated more effectively if the correct information is available from a constellation of small satellites with sensors optimised for a particular disaster set.

    Application 4: Health hazard monitoring

    The one major problem in developing an epidemic warning system based on satellite data is that this data is not as readily, easily or freely available as required. Data from NASA or the European, Japanese or other space agencies is typically only available after a considerable delay. In order for an epidemic warning system to function properly, suitable data needs to be freely available, in a common format and pre-processed, geo-referenced and error-corrected, for easy handling by disease specialists, rather than remote-sensing specialists.

    (4) The following contracts have been signed:

    African Resource and Environment Management Satellite Constellation Initiative (ARMC)

    The ARMC agreement was signed by Algeria, Kenya and Nigeria on 7 December 2009 in Algiers, and later by South Africa. The aim of the ARMC is to use space science and technology for the advancement of Africa in the areas of agriculture, climate, environment, environmental impact assessment, farm settlements, housing, urban and regional planning, border monitoring, disaster monitoring and prediction, land use/cover mapping and land management, water management, oil and gas pipeline monitoring, safety and security, and health. South Africa is currently concluding a mission analysis of the constellation. Algeria has indicated that they would like South Africa to build their satellite contribution, with a 20% work share for Algeria.

    India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Scientific Mission

    As part of South Africa's engagement in the IBSA trilateral framework, discussions were held on the possibility of a joint scientific satellite mission. The mission scope agreed upon relates to understanding the South Atlantic Anomaly and the related effects on various technology platforms. It is envisaged that Brazil will provide the sensors, South Africa the satellite bus and India the launch option.

    (5)(a) In the development of the space programme, South Africa will enter into international agreements for cooperation in exploration, peaceful use of outer space and launch activities. The launch of SumbandilaSat has already attracted significant requests for cooperation, which translate into market opportunities. These are currently being explored.

    (b) South Africa is in engagement with countries such as Argentina, Brazil, China, France, India and Russia, etc. in space initiatives to enhance technological skills in satellite applications and engineering. A clearer sense of the details will emerge once these engagements have been concluded.

    QUESTION 1788

    DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 4 JUNE 2010 (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 16-2010)

    "1788. Ms M R Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Science and Technology:

    (1) What (a) are the reasons for the delay in payment of R35 million by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) to the Joule electric car project and (b) issues need to be resolved before these funds are paid;

    (2) Whether the R35 million payment will be her department's final payment to the Joule project; if not, (a) how much money (i) was allocated to this project, (ii) was paid by her department and (iii) still remains in the budget, (b) on what dates were the payments and (c) when will the remaining funds be paid;

    (3) Whether the responsibility for further funding of this project was handed over the department of Trade and Industry; if not; why not; if so;

    (4) Whether the hand over of the responsibility has been finalised; if not; why not; if so, (a) what are the reasons for handing over the funding responsibility (b) what are the relevant details;

    (5) Whether the Joule project was the biggest project funded by the TIA; if not, (a) what was the biggest project funded by the TIA and (b) when was the project funded; if so, what are the relevant details?

    REPLY:

    (1) (a) The perceived delay in the payment of R23 million (not R35 million) by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) to the Joule electric car project is the result of ongoing efforts to ensure that due process is followed, particularly at a time when the TIA operationalisation procedures are under way. These commenced with the incorporation of the Innovation Fund (IF) into TIA in January 2010.

    Upon receipt of a funding request by Optimal Energy (Pty) Ltd in November 2009, the application was referred to the IF for consideration of its Interim Investment Committee. On the basis of the then IF due diligence process, an investment of R23 million was approved by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in early 2010.

    (b) During this time, the IF was fully incorporated into the newly established TIA and, following a presentation to TIA, the amount was approved by the TIA Investment Committee in April 2010. The approval was subject to, among other things, the submission of a board-approved business plan and budget detailing the proposed utilisation of the R23 million.

    These conditions were met and, following a meeting of the TIA executive and the Optimal Energy CEO in June 2010, it was agreed that the funds would be transferred in tranches during the 2010/11 financial year, subject to a further due diligence by TIA on the Optimal Energy financial statements.

    As at the end of June 2010, a total of R9,5 million has been transferred to Optimal Energy. This is intended for operational expenses that have been incurred by Optimal Energy. The remaining R13,5 million is to be transferred by the end of August 2010, and once the TIA financial due diligence process, which is currently in progress, has been concluded.

    (2) The R23 million, as indicated above, is the last payment that the DST and TIA envisage making to the project. This follows the R105 million that has already been invested through the IF since 2005, as well as investments made by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in 2007. It is anticipated that, going forward, further investments will be leveraged through the IDC.

    (3) Par. 12.4.7 of the Industrial Policy Action Plan provides details on the work that will be undertaken by government, led by the Department of Trade and Industry, in commercialising the Joule. The implementation of this work plan involves the responsible government departments and their respective agencies.

    Further funding of the project is being considered by Department of Trade and Industry agencies, including the IDC, the East London Industrial Development Zone, and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. At present, the IDC has already invested R80 million in the project, and the DST has been informed that the Corporation is considering an application from Optimal Energy for a further R300 million investment. In addition, the IDC has agreed to establish a team to assist the company to raise additional funds for production. The other agencies mentioned above are in the process of quantifying their financial support for the establishment of manufacturing facilities in the Eastern Cape.

    (4) The handover to the Department of Trade and Industry is currently under way. (a) The innovation value chain involves, among other things, conducting research and development (R&D), and taking the outcomes of R&D from the laboratory to the market place. This value chain cuts across the mandates of the DST and the Department of Trade and Industry. The DST's mandate informs at what stages it supports R&D and when it needs to handover or co-opt other departments/agencies. Given the project's proximity to market (i.e. the prototype development and proof of concept processes have been successfully concluded), the process of handing over to the Department of Trade and Industry is currently under way.

    (b) To date, the handover has entailed engagement between the two departments at the level of director-general, as well as with Optimal Energy. In order to craft the best way forward, the company, with the support mentioned in (3) above, is expected to produce a sound business case for commercialisation. At another level, officials from both departments are finalising the industrialisation details for ministerial consideration. There have also been meetings between the TIA executive and the IDC.

    (5) The investment of R128 million (including the R23 million referred to above) is the biggest investment that the IF, now TIA, has made. Funding for the project began in 2005, at which time the funding was used for R&D and prototype development.

    QUESTION NO. 1789

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 4 JUNE 2010

    1789. Mr N J J v R Koornhof (Cope) to ask the Minister in the Presidency: National Planning Commission:

    (a) What has been budgeted for the newly appointed Planning Commission in the 2010-11 financial year and (b) what is the remuneration package of each Commissioner? NW2048E

    REPLY:

    (a) The budget for 20101/11 for the National Planning Commission is R20 million. This may alter slightly in the preparation of the adjustment budget as the changing structure of the Presidency impacts on the alignment of the Presidency's budget.

    (b) Commissioners are part time and will not be paid a salary. They will be compensated for work done or meetings attended. The precise rate at which this will be done is still under discussion but will be in line with the guidelines for the remuneration of commissions, boards and entities as issued by the National Treasury.

    QUESTION NO. 1790 INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 16 NW2049E DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04 June 2010

    Mr N J J v R Koornhof (Cope) to ask the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs:

    Whether the South African National Parks intends awarding any new concessions in the Kruger National Park for private camps during the period 1 June 2010 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (a) how many and (b) in which areas?

    1790. THE MINISTER OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS ANSWERS:

    South African National Parks and the Kruger National Park have no plans or intentions to issue any new concession tenders for the Kruger National Park during 01 June 2010 up to any specific later date for which information is available. There are no plans to go beyond the current seven concession lodge partnerships identified in 2000 and the recently adjudicated Malelane Safari Hotel.

    QUESTION 1791

    DATE OF PUBLICATION OF INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 04/06/2010

    (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER 16 OF 2010)

    Mr N M Kganyago (UDM) to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training:

    (1) What are the minimum compulsory qualifications for a person to take up a lecturing position at a further education and training (FET) college?

    (2) Whether all current FET lecturers meet the minimum compulsory qualifications; if not, (a) how many lecturers are not properly qualified and (b) what steps does his department intend taking in this regard?

    NW2059E

    REPLY:

    (1) There has been no specific policy for FET college lecturers in the past and they were generally appointed in terms of the Employment of Educators' Act, at REQV 10 to 13. This was however applied very unevenly across the colleges nationally. It must be noted that the requirements of FET Colleges differ significantly from schools. Accordingly the South African Council of Educators (SACE) granted special dispensation for qualified artisans (with N certificates / Technical Diplomas) but lacking professional Teaching qualifications to register as teachers.

    (2) In August 2009 the Department published a gazette for public comment that sets out the framework for lecturer qualifications and development in the FET college sector. Although the framework has not been finalised, it serves as the benchmark for the employment of lecturers going forward. . Once the framework is finalised the Department will develop a plan for relevant lecturers to upgrade and up-skill to meet these requirements. An analysis of 4788 lecturers reveals the following:

    Relative Education Qualification Values

    Number of Lecturers

    %

    REQV 10

    99

    2.07%

    REQV 11

    11

    0.23%

    REQV 12

    57

    1.19%

    REQV 13

    1721

    35.94%

    REQV 14

    2900

    60.57%

    There are currently just over 5000 lecturers employed in public FET Colleges.

    QUESTION 1792

    DATE OF PUBLICATION OF INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 04/06/2010

    (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER 16 OF 2010)

    Mr N M Kganyago (UDM) to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training:

    (1) How many lecture periods per week do further education and training (FET) colleges devote to practical training of learners in (a) carpentry, (b) bricklaying and plastering, (c) plumbing, (d) motor mechanics and (e)(i) heavy and (ii) light current electrical work;

    (2) Whether he has found that learners in the above trades acquire suitable saleable skills for entry into the labour market; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? W2060E

    REPLY:

    (1) In the NC (V) qualification students spend 2 - 3 hours per week in practical training. The curriculum prescribes that neither the theory nor practical learning must be more than 60%, or less than 40%. Given this limited flexibility, the firm requirement however is that all the outcomes as listed in the subject guidelines must be met.

    (2) The subjects mentioned are the occupational component of a much bigger vocational (career-orientated) qualification requiring students to spend the greater portion of the college day in other forms of learning. The occupational subjects mentioned are not intended to qualify the students in these respective occupations. It is intended rather to give the students an opportunity to acquire important knowledge and skills to enable further learning and qualification along a career pathway, or to specialise further in a given occupation/job. Practical application in the subjects mentioned are supported by practical work done in the other three vocational subjects in the vocational programme, and is therefore sufficient for the intended purpose.

    QUESTION 1793

    DATE OF PUBLICATION OF INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 04/06/2010

    (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER 16 OF 2010)

    Mr N M Kganyago (UDM) to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training:

    (a)(i) How many first-year students were registered for degrees in engineering at each university and (ii) how many of them qualified to commence their second year in (aa) 2007, (bb) 2008 and (cc) 2009 and (b) what was the demographic breakdown of these students according to race?

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    REPLY

    (a)(i) The attached table gives an indication of how many first-year students were registered for degrees in engineering at each university, including the demographic breakdown as requested in part (a)(ii) of the question.

    (ii) The information on how many have qualified to commence their second year and the demographics for the second year is not available as institutions have different definitions for years of study. For example some institutions may require a student to repeat the first year if they fail subjects, whereas another institution will regard a student in a similar position as a 2nd year student. The total number of students (second year and onwards, excluding first time entering students) enrolled for engineering are as follows:

    2006: 34066

    2007: 35959

    2008: 37035

    2009: 38599

    QUESTION 1794 WRITTEN REPLY 04 June 2010

    1794. Mr L B Gaehler (UDM) to ask the Minister of Public Works:

    (1) What was the budget allocated to the O R Tambo regional office in the 2009-10 financial year;

    (2) whether the total allocation for the office in the 2009-10 financial year was utilised; if not,

    (3) whether any disciplinary action has been taken for misappropriation or under spending of funds; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2062E

    Reply

    Mthatha Regional office received an allocation of R322, 260,472.00 for the 2009/2010 financial year and the regional expenditure was at R324, 484,416.00 by 31 March 2010.

    QUESTION 1795

    DATE OF PUBLICATION OF INTERNAL QUESTIONPAPER: 04/06/2010

    (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 16-2010)

    1795. Mr L B Gaehler (UDM) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:

    (1) Whether all schools registered in terms of section 21 of the Companies Act, Act 61 of 1973, comply with the relevant financial requirements; if not, how many of these schools did not comply in the 2009-10 financial year;

    (2) whether any legal action was taken for misappropriation of funds; if not, why not; if so, (a) how many persons were found guilty of misappropriation of funds at each school and (b) what steps has her department taken to recover these funds? NW2063E

    REPLY:

    (1) Public schools cannot be registered in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act and therefore compliance with the relevant financial requirements of this act is not applicable to them. The provincial HoD may allocate to a governing body of a public school one or more functions listed under Section 21 of the South African Schools Act (SASA), Act 84 of 1996. These functions are allocated to governing bodies based on an assessment of whether the governing body concerned has the capacity to perform the particular functions.

    Independent schools may be institutions which have been registered in terms of section 21 of the Companies Act. These independent schools are however not monitored by provinces in terms of their compliance to the Companies Act but rather for their compliance to SASA as well as, if funded, to the provisions of the policy, National Norms and Standards for School Funding.

    (2) Schools resort under the jurisdiction of provinces and the taking of disciplinary or legal action for misappropriation of funds at schools as well as the possible recovery of such funds are therefore carried out by Provincial Education Departments. No database of information relating to this is kept by the Department of Basic Education. Information as required by 2(a) and 2(b) should be available from provinces.

    QUESTION NO: 1796

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: 4 June 2010

    QUESTION PAPER NO: 16

    DATE OF REPLY: 17 June 2010

    Mrs P de Lille (ID) asked the Minister of Communications

    Whether he sent a delegation to Brazil to investigate digital migration; if so, (a) how was the trip funded, (b) what was the total cost of the trip and (c) who was each person in the delegation? NW2068E

    Yes

    (a) The trip was funded by the Department of Communications.

    (b) The total cost of the trip was R578, 993.00.

    (c) Delegation was made up of the following representatives of the Department

    1. Mamodupi Mohlala : Director General

    2. Rosey Sekese- Deputy Director General (DDG): Infrastructure Development

    3. Gift Buthelezi- Acting Deputy Director General (ADDG): Policy Development

    4. Moseamo Sebola: ADDG: International Affairs

    5. Mlindi Kgamedi- Chief Director: Office of the Director General

    6. Treveen Rabindhnath- Director: Institute for Satellite and Software Development

    7. Sithembiso Manzini- Director: Policy Development

    8. Silulami Doyi- Deputy Director: Spectrum Management

    9. Tiyani Rikhotso: Media Liaison Officer - Office of the Minister

    10. Brian Gungwini: Deputy Director- Policy Development

    QUESTION NO. 1797

    DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 04 June 2010

    (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 16)

    Mrs C Dudley (ACDP) to ask the Minister of Health:

    (1) Whether he has been informed that Musina and Beit Bridge have been left out as sites for the Southern African Development Community cross-border HIV programmes aimed at improving the regional response to HIV and Aids; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;

    (2) whether his department made this decision; if not, who made the decision; if so, what are the relevant details;

    (3) (a) what is being done to create a continuum of care on both sides of the border for cross-border HIV sufferers and (b) what happened to the proposed health passport?

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    REPLY:

    (1) Musina and Beit Bridge have not been left out as sites. The SADC cross-border programme which aims at improving the HIV and AIDS regional response will also benefit Musina and Beit Bridge. The SADC secretariat led by member states, has developed a SADC HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework for 2009-2015 and a policy framework for mobile populations. This policy framework will guide SADC member states to deal with cross-border referral procedures and treatment protocols. The framework was presented to the SADC Ministers' Forum in Swaziland in November 2009. The framework was not endorsed, pending more information being provided to guide member states on resource implications should such a policy be adopted. In addition SADC member states agreed to conduct operational research to aid the development of a policy framework and set of interventions for mobile populations. It is envisaged that the research will strengthen existing HIV programmes in the Region.

    (2) No decision was made by the Department to exclude Musina and Beit Bridge from any SADC HIV activity.

    (3) (a) SADC and the African Development Bank have developed a policy and strategy to harmonise treatment protocols, communicable disease surveillance systems and implementation of best practice approaches for orphans and vulnerable children. South Africa provides health care services to all individuals presenting at our facilities irrespective of their country of origin.

    South Africa as chair of the Troika till June 2010 has facilitated the finalisation of SADC initiatives that will direct member states towards a comprehensive and integrated regional response to HIV and AIDS matters. These policy harmonisation initiatives include the framework for the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infection, the establishment of supranational laboratories in the SADC Region, strategies to ensure quality HIV Counselling and Testing and uniform monitoring and evaluation systems for HIV programmes using common indicators.

    (b) It is envisaged that the issue of ensuring access to treatment as part of the continuum of care will assist member state to provide appropriate health care response services to the migrant population, this may include issuing health proposals.

    QUESTION 1798

    DATE OF PUBLICATION: Friday, 04 June 2010

    INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16 of 2010

    Mrs C Dudley (ACDP) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

    (a) What (i) was the outcome of the review and (ii) are the relevant details of the dispensation that allows undocumented Zimbabwean migrants to live and work in South Africa and (b) when will the special dispensation be implemented?

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    REPLY

    (a)(i) The review of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002), is, still, in progress. The Department of Home Affairs is, currently, in the consultation phase.

    (ii) None.

    (b) It was implemented, last year, 2009.

    QUESTION NO 1799

    DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 4 JUNE 2010

    (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16- 2010)

    Date reply submitted: 14 June 2010

    1799. Mr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Police:†

    (1) What was the total legal costs paid by his department in respect of a certain person (name furnished) as at the latest specified date for which information is available;

    (2) whether there are any legal costs outstanding; if so, what is the amount;

    (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter? NW2073E

    REPLY:

    (1) R 14 491 383.88 as at 31 March 2010.

    (2) Not at present. The matter has not been finalised and further accounts are expected to be submitted for payment.

    (3) No.

    QUESTION NO. 1786

    DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 4 JUNE 2010 (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 16-2010)

    "1786. Ms MR Shinn (DA) to ask the Minister of Science and Technology:

    (1). Whether any budget cut targets have been set (a) for the 2010-11 financial year and (b) over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework for any entities that report to her department; if not, why not; if so, what are (i) the relevant details and (ii) the target set in respect of each entity; if so,

    (2). Whether any guidelines were supplied to these entities regarding where and how budget cuts should be applied; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

    (3). Whether any mechanisms have been put in place to monitor these budget cuts; if not, (a) why not and (b) how will it be monitored; if so, what are the relevant details?"

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    REPLY:

    1(a) During the 2010/11 financial year, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) did not plan any budget cuts for its public entities.

    (b) Although the DST did not plan any budget cuts, the negative impact of the global economic downturn in 2008 made it necessary for the National Treasury to impose budget cuts on government departments and their public entities over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

    (i) In the case of the DST, the two public entities affected are the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). National Treasury identified an efficiency saving of R187 060 million for these two entities over the MTEF.

    (ii) The CSIR and NRF will be affected as follows:

    · The CSIR: R35,4 million and R31,6 million for the 2011/12 and 2012/13 financial years, respectively;

    · The NRF: R20 million, R20 million and R80 million for the 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 financial years, respectively.

    2. Guidelines were supplied to the CSIR and NRF regarding where and how budget cuts should be applied. The two entities were also advised by the DST to reprioritise their baseline allocation over the MTEF to ensure continuity in existing activities and to make certain that objectives and targets were met.

    3. In respect of mechanisms to monitor these budget cuts, the information regarding the budget cuts and the targets to which they relate will be disclosed in the quarterly reports that the entities are required to submit to the DST.