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Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1428/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 07 June 2013

Internal question paper no: 20

1428. Mr T D Lee (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What amount did her department spend on (a) promotional items and (b) cocktail receptions on the occasion of her 2013 Budget Vote debate? NW1770E

Reply:

The Department of Social Development did not (a) spend on promotional items and (b) did not hold any receptions on the occasion of the 2013 Budget Vote debate.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1401/2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 07 June 2013

Internal question paper no: 20

1401. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What norms and standards are stipulated in the contract between Cash Payment Services (CPS) and the preferred vendors for beneficiaries of social grants? NW1743E

Reply:

The service level agreement entered into between Cash Payment Services (CPS) and the preferred vendors for beneficiaries of social grants does not stipulate any norms and standards. Beneficiaries are instead guaranteed full cash back and are under no obligation whatsoever to make purchases. Cash withdrawals can be made from the beginning of the month and availed during the course of the month.

Reply received: July 2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 07 June 2013

Internal question paperno:20

1400. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

How many registered social workers were in the country for each year, since and including, 2002 to 2012? NW1742E

Reply:

The table below shows the numbers of registered social workers in the country from 2002 to 2012 as per information from the South African Council for Social Services Professions as at June 2013:

Period

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

SW Registered

9989

10515

10645

11111

11762

12252

14072

14266

14904

15866

16164

Reply received: October 2013

QUESTION 1399/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 07 June 2013

Internal question paper no: 20

1399. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

How many (a) students enrolled at the beginning of each year to study social work since the inception of the retention strategy for social workers and (b) of these students actually qualified in each corresponding year? NW1741E

Reply:

(a) The table below shows the students enrolled at the beginning of each year to study social work since the inception of the retention strategy for social workers and (b) of these students actually qualified in each corresponding year.

Year 2007/8

Year 2008/9

Year 2009/10

Year 2010/11

Year 2011/12

Year 2012/13

Year 2013/14

Number enrolled

Number Qualified

Number enrolled

Number Qualified

Number enrolled

Number Qualified

Number Enrolled

Number Qualified

Number enrolled

Number Qualified

Number Enrolled

Number Qualified

Number Enrolled

Number Qualified

1428

1328

2900

2697

5250

4882

5625

5231

4844

4505

6339

5951

4545

To be confirmed at

end of the year

Reply received: July 2013

QUESTION1398/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 07 June 2013

Internal question paperno:20

1398. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

With reference to the Government's own costing of the Children's Act, Act 38 of 2005, which requires 66 329 social workers to fully implement the Act, how many additional social workers are needed to fully implement the (a) Older Persons Act, Act 13 of 2006, (b) Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, Act 70 of 2008, and (c) any other specified legislation? NW1740E

Reply:

(a) The Children's Act needed 16 504 social workers to implement the Act if the low scenario implementation plan and norms and standards, based on service delivery, was utilized in 2005 according to the previous Child Care Act. The costing research showed that there were not enough social workers to implement the Child Care Act.

As the demand for services increased with the implementation of the Children's Act, more social workers were projected to be needed to implement the Children's Act, hence the increase to 66 329 if the full high cost scenario norms and standards of service delivery, as provided for in the Children's Act, is utilized.

According to the costing of the Older Persons' Bill, a total of 743 Social workers would be needed to fully implement the Older Persons Act, Act 13 of 2006 based on 1 social worker per 5000 older persons for the 2009/2010 financial year.

(b) The total number of social workers to implement the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act 70 of 2008 is 1426 based on the ratio: 1 social worker per 3 municipal wards. The Department of Social Development is currently using the ward based approach to ensure that services reaches majority of the people in the country (see table below).

Ratio: 1 social worker/3 municipal wards

PROVINCE

NUMBER OF WARDS

REQUIRED NUMBER OF SOCIAL WORKERS

Gauteng

508

169

North West

383

127

Eastern Cape

715

238

Western Cape

387

129

Northern Cape

194

181

Limpopo

543

61

Mpumalanga

402

134

Free State

317

106

Kwa- Zulu Natal

823

181

TOTAL

4277

1426

(c) There was no costing conducted on the number of social workers required to implement the other welfare legislation.

Social welfare services in the country are delivered in three practice settings, namely, primary where the core business is provision of social welfare services, secondary where social work supports the core business; and in facilities where the focus is on a particular target group or focus areas. The majority of social workers are employed in the primary setting where they provide generic services. This implies that social workers will provide services to all people irrespective of their life stages and social issues affecting them. However, it should be noted that costing of social welfare services and the required capacity is based on the costed legislation due to the fact that majority of social welfare services are highly regulated.

The Department is currently finalizing a process of developing guidelines for workload management which will indicate the ratio of workload per social worker with the intention to review the current ones. This will, over and above the numbers needed to implement the Children's Act, provide us with a clear picture of the total need for social workers to implement all other welfare legislation.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1397/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 07 June 2013

Internal question paper no: 20

1397. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What investigations have (a) a certain company (name furnished)*, (b) the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) and (c) her department conducted into claims of fraud and exploitation of the elderly when they access their grants at preferred vendors? NW1739E

Reply:

Neither is (a) Cash Paymaster Services, (b) the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) nor (c) the Department aware of any cases of fraud and exploitation of the elderly when they access their grants at preferred vendors. It will however be appreciated if evidence of such cases could be forwarded to the department for further investigation.

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION1396/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 07 June 2013

Internal question paperno:20

1396. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

How many social workers (a) are registered in each province and (b) in each specified province work in the (i) public and (ii) private sector? NW1738E

Reply:

The number of social workers (a) are registered in each province and (b) in each specified province work in the (i) public and (ii) private sector are as follows:

Provinces

(b(i)) Registered Social Workers in Public and NPO sectors

Registered Social Workers in Public Sector

Registered Social Workers in the Non-Profit OrganisationSector (NPOs)

Gauteng

2 431

1 563

868

KwaZulu Natal

2 707

1 798

909

Mpumalanga

1 169

880

289

North West

1 223

975

248

Western Cape

1 228

814

414

Eastern Cape

2 039

1 419

620

Free State

661

454

207

Northern Cape

410

327

83

Limpopo

1 722

1226

496

TOTAL

13 590

9 456

4 134

b(ii) The Department does not keep information on the social workers working in the private sector. However, out of 16 164 registered social workers 13 590 are in the public and NPO sectors and the balance of 2655 are working in the private sector, other non-social work fields and retired social workers.

NOTES

The total number of social workers registered in the country according to the statistics as provided by the SA Council for Social Services Professions as at June 2013 is 16 164.

A total of 13 590 social workers are in the employ of government and not for profit organisations.

A total of 2 655 social workers are spread through the following:

· Social Work private practice or university personnel;

· Non social welfare employment (HR or other fields maintaining their registration status)

· Retired social workers (maintaining their registration status)

Reply received: October 2013

QUESTION 1395/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 07 June 2013

Internal question paper no: 20

1395. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) What was the total cost of (a) accommodation, (b) travel, (c) venue hire, (d) food and beverages and (e) other specified expenses for delegates to the SA National Conference on Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth in Durban during the period 27 May to 30 May 2013;

(2) What are the names of the hotels in which delegates stayed whilst attending the conference? NW1737E

Reply:

(1) a) All delegates paid for their own accommodation. The Department spent

R462 000.00 for accommodation of officials who attended the conference.

b) All delegates paid for their travel expenses. The travel costs for DSD participants amounted to R497 638, 00.

c) The venue hire was paid by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Southern Africa). The Department paid R766 783.00 for additional rooms for the 26th and 27th May and the exhibition area.

d) USAID/Southern Africa paid for food and beverages for the duration of the conference. The Department spent R664 963.00 on food and beverages for the launch of the Child Protection Week and the Gala Dinner.

e) The Department spent R381 500.00 for the procurement of conference bags, pens, writing pads and the printing of the conference programme.

(2) Delegates stayed at the Garden Court Hotels, Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, Protea Hotel Edward, Hilton Hotel, Blue Waters Hotel, Tropicana Hotel, Beach Hotel, Suncoast Hotel and Towers and the City Lodge.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1363/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 31 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 19

1363. Mr R B Bhoola (MF) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) With reference to the recent televised footage regarding fraudulent activities of officials at the Gugulethu SA Social Security Agency (SASSA), what measures has she put in place to deal with this;

(2) whether any of the charges against the officials were brought in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999;

(3) how will the beneficiaries who had been prejudiced and lost their money be assisted? NW1694E

Reply:

(1) An extensive investigation into fraudulent social grant activities comprising SASSA (Fraud Management and Compliance Unit) and SAPS Detectives is currently underway at the Gugulethu Local Office. The investigation involves one hundred and three (103) social grants and implicating twenty three (23) employees at this stage.

Two (2) employees are currently on suspension and seventy three (73) employees have been put on special leave until the investigation is finalized.

An Intervention Team comprising of Grant Administration Staff, including Disability Management Unit employees, from other Local Offices and the Regional Office, has been redeployed to the Gugulethu Local Office to ensure effective service delivery continuity.

(2) The officials who were arrested were released on bail and will appear on 18 July 2013 at the Athlone Court where they will be formally charged with fraud and corruption.

(3) There are no beneficiaries who lost monies or were prejudiced by the fraudulent grants activities in question because the transactions involved were manipulated and registered through the SOCPEN system.

QUESTION 1350/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 31 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 19

1350. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

With reference to her reply to question 631 on 17 April 2012, what amounts can be deducted from a beneficiary's social grant in relation to (a) bank charges, (b) transfer costs, (c) funeral policies and (d) other specified deductions? NW1680E

Reply:

Deductible amounts from a beneficiary's social grant in relation to (a) banking charges vary from bank to bank depending on the ATM withdrawals and other transactions a beneficiary makes;

(b) There are no transfer costs levied for a grant to be transferred from the SASSA card to a beneficiary's personal bank account;

(a) An amount equal to and not more than 10% of the value of the grant amount may be deducted for a funeral policy – and only one funeral policy deduction is allowed per beneficiary; and

(d) There are no other deductions that can be made directly from a beneficiaries grant. The only permissible deduction as from 01 June 2013 is the funeral policy amount, which is capped at 10% of the value of the grant amount.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1349/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 31 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 19

1349. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What is the average time that social grant beneficiaries wait for their phone calls to be answered in order for them to instruct the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) to transfer their money into their bank accounts? NW1679E

Reply:

The average time that social grant beneficiaries wait for their phone calls to be answered in order for them to instruct the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) to transfer their money into their bank accounts are approximately between 5-10 minutes depending on the call volumes. The national call center has 190 dedicated lines and the 9 Provincial mobile contact centers have 28 dedicated numbers to ensure the minimum waiting time.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1336/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 31 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 19

1336. Mr T D Lee (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether (a) she, (b) her deputy minister, (c) any specified officials and (d) any other persons have been issued with a government or official credit card (i) in the (aa) 2011-12 and (bb) 2012-13 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2013; if so, in each instance, what is the (aaa)(aaaa) name and (bbbb) job title of each person to whom a credit card was issued, (bbb) credit limit, (ccc) outstanding amount as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (ddd) monthly expenses incurred for each month since receiving the credit card, (eee) reason for such a person being issued with a credit card and (fff) uses that such a credit card is intended for;

(2) whether the credit limit of any specified credit card was exceeded at any time since it was issued; if so, (a) whose credit cards are over the limit and (b) what is the reason for the credit card exceeding the limit? NW1666E

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) (aa) (bb) Yes

(1) (b) (i) (aa) (bb) No

(1) (c) (i) (aa) (bb) None

(1) (d) (i) (aa) (bb) No

(1) (ii)(aaa)(aaaa)(bbbb) Ms Bathabile O. Dlamini, Minister of Social

Development

(1) (ii)(bbb) R20 000.00 over two months

(1) (ii)(ccc) No outstanding amount as of May 2013.

(1) (ii)(ddd) Refer to the attached table below

(1) (ii)(eee) According to the Ministerial Handbook, the Minister qualifies to have an official credit card

(1) (ii)(fff) For the payment of official expenses.

Table: Monthly expenses incurred dating back to 2011/12 financial year

Month

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

(1)(aa)(ddd)

(1)(bb)(ddd)

(ii)(ddd)

R

R

R

April

0

0

0

May

694.00

5 280.00

1 134.00

June

0

0

July

1 100.00

7 029.60

August

0

1 430.50

September

0

0

October

3 517.00

0

November

0

0

December

0

0

January

0

0

February

2 614.95

0

March

1 067.50

3 887.00

(2) No, the credit card limit was never exceeded at any time since it was issued.

(a) and (b) Not applicable.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1251/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 23 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 17

1251. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

When will she provide information on the Child Protection Register, as promised in her reply (details furnished) to Debate on Vote 19 – Social Development on 8 May 2013? NW1497E

Reply:

The information on the Child Protection Register, as promised in reply (details furnished) to Debate on Vote 19 – Social Development on 8 May 2013 is as presented below:

There was no decline in the number of names appearing on the register. The 438 names referred to persons found unsuitable to work with children, convictions and outcomes of the children's court. This was explained as follows:

"the number of persons on the CPR with convictions and reported to be unsuitable to work with children: 438 (1/4/2010-31/3/2012)." This is so because there are 398 cases of convictions reported in terms of Form 25. In terms of Section 114 of the Children's Act, Form 25 is prescribed for both Criminal and Children's Courts to report on (1) convictions of all persons on charges involving the abuse or deliberate neglect of a child and (2) all findings by a children's court that a child is in need of care and protection because of abuse or deliberate neglect of the child. There are also 40 cases of unsuitability reported on Form 28 as prescribed in terms of Section 118 of the Act which requires Part B of the Register to have a record of persons who are unsuitable to work with children and to use the information in the Register in order to protect children in general against abuse from these persons."

The 305 names on the register refer only to persons who are unsuitable to work with children. This number had increased from 40 to 305 names by the end of the 2012/13 financial year. The 305 names do not include convictions and outcomes of the children's court.

Reply received: June 2013

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1248/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 23 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 17

1248. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

How many (a) maternal, (b) paternal and (c) double orphans are currently in South Africa? NW1494E

Reply:

(a)(b)(c) According to Statistics South Africa (2011) General Household Survey 2010 there were 3.8 million Orphans in South Africa (Source: Child Gauge 2012).

The figures below illustrates the number of orphans per province: (Maternal, Paternal and Double Orphans)

Province

(a)Maternal

(b)Paternal

(c)Double

Eastern Cape

115 000

405 000

171 000

Free State

42 000

137 000

76 000

Gauteng

71 000

314 000

96 000

Kwa-Zulu Natal

222 000

658 000

285 000

Limpopo

50 000

311 000

68 000

Mpumalanga

67 000

166 000

80 000

North West

43 000

145 000

73 000

Northern Cape

16 000

43 000

15 000

Western Cape

31 000

117 000

21 000

SOUTH AFRICA

657 000

2,296,000

885 000

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1239/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 23 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 17

1239. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What amount has her department spent on (a) catering and (b) entertainment in the (i) 2012-13 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2013? NW1485E

Reply:

As per the prescripts of GCIS on Public Participation Programme, the Minister and Deputy Minister are expected to conduct ten (10) Public Participation Programmes each per annum.

During the reporting period, the principals exceeded the set targets by far, interfacing and engaging with deserving beneficiaries.

A total number of 67 Public Participation Programmes were conducted during fiscal year 2013-13.

The Department spent:

(a) Catering

(i) R7 296 044.12

(ii) R265 373.68

(b) Entertainment

(i) R1 068 889. 87

(ii) R86 115.22

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION 1155/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 17 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 16

1155. Mrs J F Terblanche (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) What is the status of the implementation of the National Drug Master Plan in North West;

(2) how many patients in North West attended drug dependency rehabilitation in state-sponsored institutions in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, and (c) 2012

(3) what amounts were (a) budgeted and (b) spent on drug rehabilitation in North West in the (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12 financial years;

(4) what are the names and locations of state-sponsored rehabilitation centres in North West?

NW1390E

Reply:

(1) The current status report on the implementation of the National Drug Master Plan in the North West province is as follows:

As per the provisions of the Section 57 and 58 of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, (Act No.70 of 2008), the Department of Social Development is the lead department in the implementation of the National Drug Master Plan 2013 2017.It is implemented in the 19 service points.

· The implementation of the National Drug Master Plan is facilitated by coordinating structures as outlined in the plan. In the North West Province, the coordinating structures are at three levels namely province, districts and local municipalities. Currently, there is a Provincial Substance Abuse Forum, 4 Districts Substance Abuse Forums and 19 Local Drug Action Committees in the province.

· The Provincial Substance Abuse Forum has representatives from 8 departments, 4 Non-Profit Organisations and 4 districts. The provincial forum reports to the Central Drug Authority (CDA) which is a national statutory body established in terms of the Section 53 of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, (Act No 70 of 2008).

· The provincial Substance Abuse Forum meets quarterly and Local Drug Action Committees meet monthly to monitor progress in the implementation of action plans. Furthermore, role-players provide feedback and performance reports on implementation during the Provincial Substance Abuse Forum quarterly meetings.

· All these coordinating structures implement the focus areas of the National Drug Master Plan.

· Currently, the Department of Social Development performs the secretariat function for all coordinating structures.

· The Provincial Forum is currently reviewing the anti-Substance Abuse Action Plan/ Provincial Drug Master Plan in line with the National Drug Master Plan and the 2nd Biennial Anti Substance Abuse Summit Resolutions.

· In 2012-2013 financial year 1 770 915 people were reached through the implementation of demand, supply and harm reduction strategies.

(2) The number of patients in North West who attended drug dependency rehabilitation in state-sponsored institutions in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012 are as follows:

Name of the facility

Number of service users per financial year

(a) 2010-2011

(b) 2011-2012

(c) 2012-2013

Sanpark Drug and Alcohol Centre

240 including significant others

295 including significant others

127 service users only

Witrand Drug Addiction Unit

336 including significant others

403 service users only

114 service users only

(3) The amounts (a) budgeted and (b) spent on drug rehabilitation in North West in the (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-2011, (iii) 2011-12 financial years were as follows:

Name of facility

Item

Budget per financial year

((i) 2009-2010

(ii) 2010-2011

(iii) 2011-2012

Sanpark Drug and Alcohol Centre

(a) Amount budgeted

R1 134 685

R1 559 415

R1 704 400

(b) Amount spent

R1 134 685

R1 559 415

R1 704 400

Witrand Drug Addiction Unit

(a) Amount budgeted

R1 405 036

R4 559 774

R6 000 000

(b) Amount spent

R1 405 036

R4 559 774

R818 339

(4) The names and locations of state-sponsored rehabilitation centres in North West are the following:

District

Service point

Organisation

Address

Comments

Dr Kenneth Kaunda

Matlosana

Sanpark Drug and Alcohol Centre

Corner Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and President Kruger Klerksdorp 2570

It is an NGO run facility.

Annually the department sign a Service level Agreement with the organization and fund it for the provision of rehabilitation and treatment services to service users who cannot afford to pay for themselves

Tlokwe

Witrand Drug Addiction Unit

Witrand Hospital Private Bag X253

Potchefstroom

2520

It is a state run facility. The unit reopened on 01 June 2013. The Department of Social Development fund the provision of single diagnosis services

Reply received: November 2013

QUESTION 1136/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 17 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 16

1136. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(a) What total amount has (i) her department and (ii) each specified entity reporting to her spent on conferences in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years and (b) what (i) amount was spent on, and (ii) is the breakdown of the expenditure for, each specified conference? NW1369E

Reply:

(a) (i)

2009/2010

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

Department

(aa) None

(bb) R 25 278 723.34

(cc) R 7 497 645.88

(dd) R 9 870 213.38

National Development Agency

(aa) R 334 804. 00

(bb) R 52 260.00

(cc) R 760 675.00

(dd) R 66 100.00

SA Social Security Agency

(aa) None

(bb) None

(cc) None

(dd) None

(b)(i) Department

(b) (ii)

2009/2010

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

Comprehensive Social Security

  • World Social Security Forum (WSSF)

R 21 678 723.34

  • National NPO Summit

R 3 180 757.00

  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) Conference

R 6 120 958.88

R 1 955 000.00

  • 2ND Biennial Anti-Substance Abuse Summit

R 3 600 000.00

  • Inauguration of the New CDA Members

R 1 487 456.38

  • Older Person's Annual Conference

R 1 376 687.00

R 2 600 000.00

  • Indaba on Social Welfare Services

R 647 000.00

Total Expenditure - Department

R 25 278 723.34

R 7 497 645.88

R 9 870 213.38

(b)(i) NDA

(b)(ii) NDA

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

  • Summit with Civil Society Organizations

R 334 804. 00

R 52 260.00

R 66 100.00

Total Expenditure (NDA)

R 334 804. 00

R 52 260.00

R 66 100.00

(b)(i) SASSA

(b)(ii) SASSA

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

None

None

None

None

None

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1032/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 10 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 15

1032. Mrs J D Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) With reference to the placing of advertisements in print and electronic media for the re-registration and payment of social grant beneficiaries, (a) in which papers were the advertisements placed, (b) what were the total advertisement costs in respect of the advertisement expenditure on each newspaper and (c) for what period did the advertisement campaign run;

(2) on which radio stations were similar campaigns run and (b) what did the total cost amount to in respect of each radio station;

(3) (a) in which government offices were (i) banners displayed and (ii) pamphlets distributed and (b) what was the total cost of the banner and pamphlet campaign;

(4) did the entire advertisement campaign achieve the intended results; if so, what are the details? NW1258E

Reply:

1. (a) The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Times, Die Son, Sowetan, The New Age, DFA, Isolezwe, Volksblad, Die Burger, Cape Times, Mercury, Caxton Titles, Community Media, UmAfrica, The Citizen, Ilanga, and Media24.

(b) Lists of names of publications, dates of adverts as well as costs for each Advert have been attached hereto for ease of reference.

(c) The campaign has been running since November 2012 to date.

2. (a) Similar campaigns were run on all SABC radio stations (List attached)

(b) At a cost of R 9 856 180.63

3. (a) (i) Banners were distributed in all SASSA offices and (ii) pamphlets were also distributed in all SASSA offices, outdoor campaigns by SASSA as well as Thusong Centers throughout the country.

(b) Total cost for banner and pamphlet campaign is R 4 756 724.31

4. The entire advertisement campaign achieved the intended results in that it pushed many beneficiaries to re-register. To date up to 21million of them have re-registered. This equates to more than 90% of beneficiaries that have re-registered.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1017/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 10 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 15

1017. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What amount was paid to each individual as a performance bonus by the National Development Agency in the (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13 financial years? NW1241E

Reply:

(a) There were two (2) individuals in 2011/12 financial year who received performance bonus of a total of R23, 242.16. The payment of performance bonuses was based on the NDA Performance Management Policy that provides for guidelines and criteria for performance bonus payments. The performance bonus payments were as follows:

i) Mandlakazi Qeqe - R19, 499.09

ii) Mary Dube - R3, 743.07

(b) A decision has not yet been made on the performance bonuses for 2012/13. In the event there is a performance bonus recommended for payment for 2012/13, it will be subject to NDA Board's approval in August 2013 in line with the new approved NDA Performance Management Policy.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION1016/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 10 May 2013

Internal question paperno:15

1016. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What are the reasons for the National Development Agency's increase of 903.57% for furniture and fixtures from the 2011-12 financial year to the 2013-14 financial year? NW1240E

Reply:

The percentage increase in the NDA's furniture and fixtures between 2011/12 and 2013/2014 is due to the following items that are included in the budget for the 2013/2014:

· A generator for Head office estimated at cost of R 200 000. The Rental agreement entered into between NDA and Growth-Point Properties (the Landlord) does not make provision for back-up power by the landlord in the event of power outage. The back-up generator provided for in the budget will be the property of the NDA. The NDA as part of the Disaster Recovery Plan also procured UPS devices (Un-interrupted Power Supply) that will be an additional uptime of electrical feed to the server room for a maximum of eight hours. The generator will provide power to the NDA office in the event of a power outage, thus minimizing down time. The need for a generator was necessitated by the frequency of power outages and surges that resulted in damages to IT equipment and loss of working hour; and

· A provision made in the 2013/ 14 budget for an estimated remainder of R 500 00 to furnish the 27 planned new Advisory centers in all nine (9) provinces and equip each center with computer equipment and printing facilities.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION1015/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 10 May 2013

Internal question paperno: 15

1015. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What are the reasons for the 616,49% increase in the National Development Agency's board expenses during the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2013?

NW1239E

Reply:

The reasons for the reported increase in Board expenses over the two financial years are as follows:

· The expenditure classification was changed in the 2013/14 as compared to the historical financial years. In 2011/12 and prior financial years, the NDA Board fees line item only included the remuneration item; whilst in 2013/14 and beyond, the Board expense line item combines all Board expenses including their remuneration, training and traveling.

· The 2011/12 financial year was the NDA Board's first full year term in office, as a result of which, not all Committees have been fully operational. For an example, the Project Research and Development sub-committee had not yet been established in 2011/12 financial year, it only became operational from 2012/2013 financial year.

· Furthermore, additional members were appointed for the Audit and Risk Committee as well as the Human Resource and Remuneration Committee in 2012/13 in order to effectively comply with good governance practice.

· The Board fees budget of R 1,800 000 in 2013/14 includes R 800 000 of other board related expenditure such as subsistence and travel, accommodation, meeting recording fees. The 2011/12 actual expenditure was comparatively lower due to fewer meetings which were held as well as the fact that the other Board related expenses were classified in another different category as mentioned above. There was therefore a substantial saving in the 2011/2012 board expenses budget as a result thereof.

It is thus evident that the reported increase of 616% as stated in the question above was based on incorrect assumptions.

As a matter of fact, the Board remuneration has actually decreased by an effective 43% over the past three years due to better co-ordination of meetings as well as a combination of other austerity measures implemented by management in conjunction with the Board.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1013/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 10 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 15

1013. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What amounts have (a) her department and (b) the National Development Agency spent on (i) early childhood development, (ii) food security and (iii) income-generating programmes since 1 April 2013? NW1237E

Reply:

The above question is hereby received and acknowledged. It is kindly advised that the information the question or a part thereof requires falls within the purview of the competency of the provincial departments of Social Development and will therefore require sourcing directly from the relevant provincial departments, verification and ultimately consolidation by the national department of Social Development.

The national departments of Social Development and National Development Agency have started the process of sourcing the requisite information from the relevant provincial department/s. A detailed reply to your question will be provided to you once all the information from the relevant provincial Departments of Social Development have been sourced, verified and consolidated.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1012/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 10 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 15

1012. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What amount does Cash Payment Systems (CPS), Grindrod Bank, or any other institution earn with each transaction by a beneficiary at a preferred outlet?

NW1235E

Reply:

Due to the SASSA card being part of the National Payment System all transactions at point of sale at a retailer is processed through the Bankserv switch. In terms of Payment Association of South Africa (PASA) rules, any retailer wishing to process MasterCard or Visa cards are required to process such transactions through an acquiring bank. The acquiring bank is entitled to charge that retailer a fee, which could be anything between 0.6% and 1.4% for debit card transactions (which the SASSA card is). This fee rule applies specifically to transactions other than cash back at point of sale.

The beneficiary nor SASSA is not required to pay any fees to the retailer nor does CPS Grindrod Bank, or any other institution earn any amount for such transactions.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1011/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 10 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 15

1011. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

With reference to her reply to question 3161 on 3 December 2012, (a) how many senior management positions are still vacant and (b) in each case, (i) what positions are vacant and (ii) how long has each post been vacant?

NW1234E

REPLY:

(a) Twenty-five senior management positions are still vacant within the Department.

(b) In terms of (i) and (ii) an annexure is attached that sets out the particulars of the positions which are vacant as well as the period.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1010/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 10 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 15

1010. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Has her department conducted an efficiency assessment of the National Development Agency? NW1233E

Reply:

No, the Department has not conducted an efficiency assessment of the National Development Agency (NDA) per se. However, the Department receives and reviews quarterly and annual performance reports of the NDA against its mandate and set targets. The Department has also commissioned work to review the National Development Agency with a view to align its mandate with government priorities and outcomes.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 982/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 10 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 15

982. Dr J C Kloppers-Lourens (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Since 1 January 2011, how many applications under the Promotion of Access to Information Act, Act 2 of 2000, were received by (a) her department and (b) entities reporting to her, and in each case, how many were (i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) deemed refused under section 27;

(2) since 1 January 2011, how many internal appeals under the Act were received by (a) her department and (b) entities reporting to her, and in each case, how many were (i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) deemed refused under section 77(7);

(3) who is the information officer for (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her, and in each case, what are the contact details of the officer? NW1205E

Reply:

(1) (a) The Department of Social Development (DSD) received twenty four (24) PAIA requests.

(b) South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) received one thousand and twenty six (1026) PAIA requests and the National Development Agency (NDA) did not receive PAIA requests.

(i) Twenty three (23) requests were granted in full by the Department of Social Development.

(ii) One (1) request was refused by DSD.

Nine (9) requests were refused by SASSA.

(iii) One (1) by DSD.

One (1) by SASSA.

None by the NDA.

(2) (a) One (1) by DSD.

(b) Six (6) by SASSA.

None by the NDA.

(i) No appeals were granted by DSD, SASSA or NDA.

(ii) One (1) appeal was by DSD.

No appeals were refused by SASSA or NDA.

(iii) No appeals were deemed refused by DSD, SASSA or NDA.

(3) (a) Mr Coceko Pakade

Department of Social Development

Private Bag X091

Pretoria

0001

Tel: (012) 312 7647/7676

Fax: (012) 312 7822 or 0865172510

(b) Dr Vuyelwa Nhlapo

National Development Agency

P.O. Box 31959

Braamfontein

2017

Tel: (011) 018 5500

E-mail: Info@nda.org.za

(c) Ms Virginia Petersen (SASSA)

Private Bag X55662

Arcadia

0083

Tel: (012) 400 2455

E-mail: VirginiaP@sassa.gov.za

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 894/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 03 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 14

894. Mr R B Bhoola (MF) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether sufficient counsellors will be trained for (a) school programmes and other (b) early intervention programmes;

(2) (a) will poor people be able to access professional intervention programmes and (b) what progress has been made with public treatment centres in each province? NW1113E

Reply:

Kindly be advised that the information the question or a part thereof requires falls within the purview of the competency of the provincial departments of Social Development and will therefore require sourcing directly from the relevant provincial departments, verification and ultimately consolidation by the national department of Social Development.

The national department of Social Development has started the process of sourcing the requisite information from the relevant provincial departments. A detailed reply to your question will be provided to you once all the information from the relevant provincial Departments of Social Development has been sourced, verified and consolidated.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 893/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 03 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 14

893. Mr R B Bhoola (MF) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether she has found that the current programmes that are being rolled out by her department for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse are providing a solution;

(2) has there been plans for availing financial and other resources for communities and families? NW1112E

Reply:

1. The Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, No 70 of 2008, prescribes the provision of the following programmes: prevention, early intervention, treatment, community based and re-integration programmes to address the scourge of substance abuse in the country. This Act was proclaimed by the President on the 31st March 2013. The Department developed the models including Substance Abuse Prevention Model for Adults, Community Based Model, Reintegration and Aftercare Model and Treatment Model to guide implementation of the above-mentioned programmes. These programmes are currently being implemented and monitored on a regular basis. The Department has not yet conducted impact study on the current programmes.

2. Yes, the Department is providing financial resources through funded NGO's by the Provincial Departments of Social Development to communities by funding the Non-Governmental Organizations to provide anti-substance abuse services to communities and families. Furthermore, the department is capacitating service providers in communities to empower families and communities on anti-substance abuse related issues. The Department is also offering treatment services in public treatment centres. There are private treatment centres that are subsidized by the Department of Social Development.

See the summary attached

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION 892/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 03 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 14

892. Mr R B Bhoola (MF) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether the implementation of the Zero Hunger Programme is being tested and refined through collaboration with the provincial departments of agriculture;

(2) Whether the programme has been linked to the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

NW1111E

Reply:

(1) Yes. The Department is implementing Zero Hunger programme in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture. A national task team chaired by the Department of Agriculture has been established and includes the Department of Social Development and other departments.

Nine provincial Departments of Agriculture also participate in the forum that meets on bi-monthly basis. This forum is responsible for implementing the Zero-Hunger programme. There is continuous collaboration with all Provincial Departments of Agriculture.

In the implementation of Zero Hunger Programme the Department has capitalized on existing policies, strategies and programmes in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders at all levels of governance, with better coordination and integration.

(2) The Zero Hunger programme has a link with the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP), which is a programme of the Department of Agriculture that promotes local food production by food producers/ smallholder farmers, processing and support access to markets. The Zero Hunger programme links with SASP through the procurement of fresh produce from producers. This produce is then utilized by the food transfer programmes of the department that supports the poor and vulnerable citizens.

Reply received: September 2013

QUESTION 830/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 03 May 2013

Internal question paper no: 14

830. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(a) How many of the nominees for the Central Drug Authority Board who were approved by the National Assembly and sent to her office for appointment were changed, (b) by whom and (c) on whose authority?

NW1009E

Reply:

(a) Twelve (12) nominees for the Central Drug Authority Board were approved by the National Assembly and sent to the Ministry of Social Development for appointment by the Minister. They were all appointed as recommended by the National Assembly without changes.

(b) No one changed the recommended nominees for the Central Drug Authority Board who were approved by the National Assembly.

(c) Not applicable.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION797/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 25 April 2013

Internal question paperno:13

797. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(a) What is the unit cost for an old age home to look after a (i) mobile resident and (ii) frail resident and (b) how is this cost determined? NW1008E

Reply:

(a) The unit cost on average, using the Free State province as an example, is R5,000 per bed per month for (i) mobile older persons and (ii) on average R5,350 for frail older persons.

(b) The unit cost normally is determined by calculating the costs incurred by an old age home divided by the number of older persons (beds) cared for divided by 12 to arrive at a monthly unit cost. For example, a total cost for old age home is R2,000,000 per annum divided by 30 beds (older persons) = R66,666 divided by 12 months = R5,555 unit cost per month

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION778/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 25 April 2013

Internal question paperno:13

778. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Do provinces have to subsidise all older persons living in (a) old age homes and (b) frail care centres within their province; if not, how does each province determine which residents to subsidise? NW933E

Reply:

(a) No. Provinces subsidise only those older persons who are recipients of the state's old age grant as well as those who are legible in terms of the means test if they are recipients of a private pension.

(b) Yes, provinces subsidise older persons residing in frail care centres within their provinces.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION777/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 25 April 2013

Internal question paperno: 13

777. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What will the estimated unit cost be of caring for an older person in (a) an old age home and (b) a frail care facility once the Older Persons Act, 13 of 2006, and the accompanying norms and standards are fully implemented? NW932E

Reply:

(a)The unit costs of caring for an Older Person in (a) an old age home once the Older Persons Act, Act 13 of 2006, and the accompanying norms and standards are fully implemented was estimated to be R3 377.00, per person, per month, i.e. in 2006 prices.

(b) The unit costs for a frail care facility once the Older Persons Act, Act 13 of 2006, and the accompanying norms and standards are fully implemented was estimated to be R3 377.00, per person, per month, i.e. in 2006 prices.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 770/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 18 April 2013

Internal question paper no: 12

770. Ms N P Gcume (Cope) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

How many special guardianship orders were made (a) in total and (b) to (i) a relative or friend connected to the child and (ii) an unrelated person in foster care in the period 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2013? NW981E

Reply:

(a) The special guardianship orders are handled by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Therefore, the Department of Social Development does not keep such records.

(b) (i) (ii) Not applicable

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION725/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 18 April 2013

Internal question paperno:12

725. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What amount did each province allocate in subsidies to (a) old age and (b) frail care homes for the (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14 financial years? NW931E

Reply:

Kindly be advised that the information the question or a part thereof requires falls within the purview of the competency of the provincial departments of Social Development and will therefore require sourcing directly from the relevant provincial departments, verification and ultimately consolidation by the national department of Social Development.

The national department of Social Development has started the process of sourcing the requisite information from the relevant provincial departments. A detailed reply to your question will be provided to you once all the information from the relevant provincial Departments of Social Development has been sourced, verified and consolidated.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 682/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 18 April 2013

Internal question paper no: 12

682. Mr R B Bhoola (MF) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Has the facilitation of public-private partnership pertaining to persons with disabilities been realized; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW840E

Reply:

Yes, the Department of Social Development continuously engages with the disability sector in various initiatives through the South African Disability Alliance, which is an umbrella of organizations of people with disabilities and also works directly with national organizations of people with disabilities.

Public-private partnership is undertaken through the following measures:

· Policy Development

Representation of the disability sector during departmental consultative processes on disability policies is important in ensuring a buy-in from the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to implement Departmental policies. In order to ensure the partnership and participation of the disability sector during its consultative workshops, the Department pays for the cost of sign language interpreters for national and provincial consultations, prints policies in braille for people with visual impairment and covers travel and accommodation costs to a maximum of ten (10) participants from the national disability sector, considering continuous funding challenges experienced by NGOs.

One of the main policies that were consulted on and approved by the disability sector is the Policy on Social Development Services to People with Disabilities. This Policy will serve as a basis for the development of the envisaged Bill on Social Development Services to People with Disabilities.

· Funding

The national and provincial Departments of Social Development fund national disability organizations in order to facilitate provision of services aligned to their policy and legislative mandates. They also subsidize provincial disability organizations for protective workshops, residential facilities, day care and stimulation centres for children with disabilities, organizations of people with disabilities, and Home Community Based Care (HCBC) centres and rehabilitation services.

· Donor funding/ Technical support

The Department has established partnership with the government of Japan through the Japan Embassy and has received a donation of 9 accessible Quantum vehicles for wheel chair users for both National and Provincial Departments of Social Development. A request for assistive devices is currently being considered by the Japanese Government, in order to address a gross shortage of these devices, as reflected in the findings of the Audit process conducted on residential facilities in provinces during 2011.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 681/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 18 April 2013

Internal question paper no: 12

681. Mr R B Bhoola (MF) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Whether her department has taken steps to conclude and finalise the mainstreaming of gender rights, the rights of persons with disabilities and children's rights at Cabinet level; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW839E

Reply:

Mainstreaming of gender rights, the rights of persons with disabilities and children rights across various departments and at Cabinet level is the respnsibility of the Department of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities as they provide an oversight function.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 595/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 28 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 10

595. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(a) How much did the development of the regulations for the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, Act 70 of 2008, cost and (b) who is the service provider? NW752E

Reply:

(a) The Department of Social Development used its personnel to draft the Regulations for the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act 70 of 2008.

(b) The Department did not make use of an external service provider to draft

Regulations for the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act 70 of

2008.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 594/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 28 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 10

594. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(a) How much did the inauguration of the third board of the Central Drug Authority cost and (b) at which venue was it held? NW751E

Reply:

(a) The inauguration of the third board of the Central Drug Authority costed R73 963.40

(b) The inauguration of the third board of the Central Drug Authority was held at Emperors Palace, in Boksburg.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 593/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 28 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 10

593. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(a) Why does Kempton Park not have a place of safety for children and (b) by what date will a place of safety be established in Kempton Park? NW750E

Reply:

(a) Kempton Park falls under Ekurhuleni Metro and there are three (3) government run temporary places of safe care (places of safety) which are the following:

1. Don Mattera situated in Edenvale.

2. Mary Moodley situated in Benoni.

3. Igugulethu situated in Boksburg.

Kempton Park utilizes the said temporary places of safe care since they are only 20 kilometers away from each other. There are also five (5) Child and Youth Care Centres (children's homes) in the same area which provide temporary safe care for children pending the investigation of their cases and the finalization of the children's court processes.

(b) The establishment of Child and Youth Care Centres (children's home and temporary places of safe care) depends on the need in the area. Currently, in Kempton Park a need for an additional facility has not been identified since the existing temporary places of safe care are not full and therefore, underutilized. The table below indicates the bed capacity, actual number of children currently in the facilities as well as available space.

Table: 1

TEMPORARY SAFE CARE

CAPACITY

ACTUAL NUMBER

VACANT

Igugulethu

75

72

3

Don Mattera

75

68

7

Mary Moodley

120

110

10

TOTAL

270

250

20

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 566/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 28 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 10

566. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

With reference to her replies to questions 8, 9, 10 and 11 on 12 March 2013, by what date will the regulations of the Social Assistance Act, Act 13 of 2004, be fully implemented? NW665E

Reply:

The Regulations to the Social Assistance Act, 2004 (Act No. 13 of 2004) are currently fully operational. However, as the monitoring of regulation 6(5) is highly labour intensive, the Department in conjunction with SASSA and the Department of Basic Education, are currently working on a data exchange system in order to effectively monitor school enrolment and school attendance.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 508/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 22 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 09

508. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

With reference to her reply to question 17 on 12 March 2013, (a) which provinces have submitted their provincial profiles and (b) on what date were they received in each case? NW663E

Reply: (a) and (b)

PROVINCE

PROVINCIAL PROFILES

COMPREHENSIVE

PROFILE (with all sections)

SECTIONS SUBMITTED

DATE RECEIVED

Western Cape

Submitted

Section 77 – Partial Care.

Section 92 – Early Childhood Development.

Section 104- Child Protection.

Section 145-Prevention and Early Intervention Programmes.

Section 192 - Child and Youth Care Centres.

Section 214-Drop-in Centres.

Regulation 2- intervals of profiles.

17 January 2013

Gauteng

Not submitted

Section 77 – Partial Care

Section 92 – Early Childhood Development

Section 192 - Child and Youth Care Centres

30 April 2012

Free State

Not submitted

Section 192 - Child and Youth Care Centres

8 February 2013.

North West

Not submitted

Mpumalanga

Not submitted

Eastern Cape

Not submitted

Northern Cape

Not submitted

Limpopo

Not submitted

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Not submitted

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 507/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 22 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 09

507. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) With regard to her reply to question 8 on 12 March 2013, how many reports has her department received to date;

(2) on what date will the memorandum of understanding between her and the Minister of Basic Education become operational? NW662E

Reply:

1) As indicated in the response to question 8, the Department does not have capacity to handle all the report cards received. The Department has partnered with DBE and SASSA in order to exchange and merge data. In addition, SASSA is busy with the re-registration of all beneficiaries and recipients of social grants in order to ensure the integrity of the social assistance system.

2) The technical teams currently operational are the following: the data work stream, the social work stream and the launch work stream. The data work stream is currently working on interfacing the data. The data exchange will enable DSD, SASSA and DBE to match and verify their data (a match of LURITS-Learner Unit Record and Information Technology system, SOCPEN and NISIS-National Integrated Social Information System) and identify cases that require investigation. The preliminary results look positive. A launch is planned in July 2013 after which the MOU will become operational to the extent that it is possible.

Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 506/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 22 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 09

506. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What amount has been allocated per province from the provision of Early Childhood Development (ECD) services for the (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 financial years? NW661E

Reply:

It should be highlighted that the allocation of funds to Social Development Services at provincial level is the competency of the Provincial Legislatures in terms of the Constitution of South Africa, supported by the Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act, 13 of 2005.

The following information has been received from the provincial Departments of Social Development:

Province

2011/12

(a)

2012/13

(b)

2013/14

(c)

R'000

R'000

R'000

Eastern Cape

132 350

139 889

190 353

Free State

172 260

176 256

176 256

Gauteng

230 000

240 000

284 000

Kwazulu-Natal

246 851

154 293

211 333

Limpopo

181 000

196 000

240 000

Mpumalanga

137 224

120 000

188 000

Northern Cape

36 051

48 675

71 026

North West

43 653

49 154

55 286

Western Cape

204 420

237 657

280 000

Total

1 383 809

1 361 924

1 696 254

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0

0

January

0

0

February

2 614.95

0

March

1 067.50

3 887.00

(2) No, the credit card limit was never exceeded at any time since it was issued.

(a) and (b) Not applicable.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 468/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 15 March 2013

Internal question paperno: 08

468. Ms N P Gcume (Cope) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether she has been informed that the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) is turning people away because it is unable to offer services in Lusikisiki due to the lack of electricity in the building it occupies; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so,

(2) whether the grants of beneficiaries who will not meet the deadline for re-registration in Lusikisiki will lapse; if not,

(3) whether grant beneficiaries will be required to re-apply; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) whether she will make a statement on the matter? NW623E

Reply:

(1) Honourable member, it has been brought to my attention that Lusikisiki experiences constant electricity problems. Beneficiaries are not turned away. Grant applications are taken and are captured at the nearest SASSA office which is Vlakplaas.

(2) No, the grants will not be automatically lapsed as SASSA is in the process of sending final notice letters to all beneficiaries in April 2013 that have not re-registered by 31 March 2013 to comply with PAJA requirements.

(3) A beneficiary's grant will only be suspended if he/she does not heed the call to re-register despite letters of reminders being forwarded to them. After grant cancellation the beneficiary will have to re-apply.

(4) I intend to issue a media statement on re-registration shortly.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 424/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 15 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 08

424. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What is the blueprint for the standards that old-age homes have to meet when being evaluated? NW573E

Reply:

The blueprint for the standards that old age homes have to meet when being evaluated are the prescribed Regulations. The norms and standards, as part of the Regulations form the blueprint for the standards that old age homes have to meet when being evaluated.

There are three categories of acceptable levels of service provision and standards. There is category A, B and C.

· Category A facility which refers to independent living facilities such as flats or interim homes.

· Category B facility refers to boarding houses, housing schemes or sheltered housing, retirement villages and shelters.

· Category C refers to a residential facility.

For these categories, all requirements for compliance are in the attached norm and standards. See attached annexure A.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 370/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 08 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 06

370. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What amount has (a) been allocated to the Older Persons Register for the 2012-13 financial year and (b) her department requested from the National Treasury for the development of an electronic older persons register for the 2013-14 financial year? NW517E

Reply:

(a) There was no allocation made for 2012-13 financial year for the electronic Older Persons Register.

(b) The Department did not request additional funding from National Treasury. However reprioritization of budget within the welfare branch was undertaken to accommodate the development of the electronic register for older persons for the financial year 2013-14 within an amount of R5 million rands.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION359/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 08 March 2013

Internal question paperno:06

359. Mrs P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What (a) is the formula used in determining the subsidy for residential facilities that accept older persons in the sub-economic income group and (b) percentage of the specified subsidy is allocated specifically for the salaries of nursing staff? NW506E

Reply:

(a) The Department of Social Development subsidizes only those older persons who are in receipt of the State Old Age grant, i.e. R1,200.00 a month and below. Those that receive more than the state old age grant do not qualify for state subsidy as they are not classified as the sub-economic income group.

(b) The Department of Social Development gives an all-inclusive subsidy for the frail care program. Each residential facility uses its own discretion as to what amount is paid as salaries of the nursing staff. Therefore, the percentage for the salaries of nursing staff is determined by the NGOs themselves.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 357/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 08 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 06

357. Mrs P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Whether she intends to introduce legislation that gives the Department of Health the responsibility to monitor and evaluate frail care centers to ensure quality? NW504E

Reply:

Yes, I intend to introduce an Amendment Act to the existing Older Persons Act 13 of 2006. The objective of the Amendment Act is to address the current shortcomings in the principal Act. It will, amongst others, assign certain responsibilities to relevant government departments including the responsibility to monitor and evaluate health care related aspects at the frail care centres by the Department of Health to ensure quality.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 350/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 08 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 06

350. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) How many (a) South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices are there and (b) where are they situated;

(2) how many of these offices (a) were inspected for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993, in the past 12 months and (b) failed the inspection;

(3) which SASSA offices cannot be accessed by disabled persons? NW497E

Reply:

(1) (a) 436 Offices.

(1) (b) See the attached table for the office locations.

(2) (a) 304 offices were inspected.

(b) 168 offices failed, from 168 offices, 72 have been improved.

(3) Offices which cannot be accessed by disabled persons.

Mpumalanga Region

1. Mgobozi Local Office;

2. Graskop Local Office; and

3. Matsulu Local Office.

Free State Region

None

Limpopo Region

None.

Western Cape Region

1. Cape Town Local Office.

Eastern Cape Region

None.

Northern Cape Region

1. Steinkop Local Office;

2. Port Nolloth Local Office;

3. Pofadder Local Office;

4. Frazerburg Local Office;

5. Williston Local Office;

6. Niewoudtville Local Office;

7. Rietfontein Local Office;

8. Groblershoop Local Office;

9. Danielskuil Local Office;

10. Kuruman Local Office;

11. Roodepan Local Office;

12. Mothibistad Local Office;

13. Kimberly Local Office;

14. Beaconsfield Local Office;

15. Hartswater Local Office;

16. Warrenten Local Office;

17. Delspoorthoop Local Office;

18. Doulglas Local Office;

19. Fironiaville Local Office;

20. Britstown Local Office;

21. Hopetown Local Office;

22. Phillipstown Local Office;

23. Hanover Local Office;

24. Noupoort Local Office ; and

25. Richmond Local Office.

Kwa Zulu Natal Region

1. Ezakheni Local Office;

2. Msinga Local Office;

3. Inanda Local Office;

4. Maphumulo Local Office;

5. Ndwedwe Local Office;

6. Richmond Local Office; and

7. Kokstad local office Local Office.

Gauteng Region

None.

North West Region

1. Ventersdorp Local Office;

2. Makapanstad Local Office;

3. Sekhing Local Office;

4. Dryharts Local Office;

5. Kagisano Local Office;

6. Itsoseng Local Office; and

7. Bojanala Local Office.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 332/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 08 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 06

332. Ms N P Gcume (Cope) to ask the Minister of Social Development: [ê91] [Question submitted for oral reply now placed for written reply because in excess of quota [Rule 108(8)]]

Whether she has been informed of the sexual abuse of girls that is taking place at the St Michael's Home in Plumstead in Cape Town; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW463E

Reply:

No. I was not informed of these allegations as there is no legal requirement to report to the National Minister. The MEC of Social Development in the Western Cape Province has however confirmed having been informed of the allegations of sexual abuse at St Michael's Home on 22 February 2013. The reporting of the allegations was done in accordance with Section 178 of the Children's Act, which stipulates that the management of the Child and Youth Care Centre, person or organization in whose care or temporary safe care the child has been placed must immediately report the matter (serious injury, abuse or death of a child in alternative care) to the Provincial Head of Social Development, who must investigate the circumstances of the serious injury or abuse.

An investigating team has since been put in place to look into the allegations and is about to conclude its work. Appropriate corrective measures will then be put in place.

St Michael's Home is a registered Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) which accommodates 25 girls between the ages 12 and 18 years, who have been found in need of care and protection in terms of the Children's Act.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 286/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 01 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 04

286. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What steps has her department taken to ensure that the reporting of abuse, neglect and ill-treatment of older persons is reflected in the statistics of the SA Police Service (SAPS)? NW362E

Reply:

The Department of Social Development has taken the following steps to ensure that the reporting of all forms of abuse of older persons is reflected in the statistics of the SA Police Service (SAPS)

· The Department developed the Protocol on management of elder abuse. The Protocol is based on Chapter 5 of the Older Persons Act 13, of 2006; (see the attached Annexure A)

· Capacity building on the protocol was conducted to key stake holders including officials from SAPS, Health and Department of Justice and Constitutional Development;

· The Department is in a process of developing the electronic Older Person's Abuse register (OPAR). The register will link with Departments of Police and Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to capture and reflect convicted cases; and

· World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated annually in partnership with the key stakeholders on the 15th June to create awareness and ensure that elder abuse cases are reported.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION285/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 01 March 2013

Internal question paperno:04

285. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

With regard to the report Department of Social Development Old Age Home Condition Assessment, (a) what are the names of the old age homes that were assessed, (b) which nonprofit organisations operate each old age home and (c) by what date will all the remaining old age homes be assessed NW360E

Reply:

(a) Names of the old age homes that were assessed

1) EASTERN CAPE

• Ekuphumleni Old Aged Home;

• Empilweni Old Age Home;

• Gelvan Park Frail Aged Home;

• Gert Greeff Tehuis;

• Huis Formosa;

• Kings Home;

• Rowell Old Aged Home; and

• Parsonage Street Home For The Aged.

2) FREE STATE

• Boikhuco Old Age Centre;

• Huis Kosmos;

• Huis Onze Rust;

• Mmabahloki Clara Home; and

• Reddersrus Tehuis Vir Bejaardes.

3) GAUTENG

• Vosloorus Society Old Age Home;

• Daveyton Old Age Home;

• Ephaim Zulu Senoir Citizens;

• Heidelberg Society;

• Itlhokomeleng Old Aged Home;

• Lodewyk P Spies Home;

• Luipaardsvlei;

• Mohlakeng Old Aged Home;

• Moreglans Tehuis;

• Queen Alexandra;

• SAVF Millenium Centre;

• SAVF Huis Silwersig;

• Vriendskap Tuiste;

• Frederic Place; and

• Pieter Wessels Frail Care.

4) KWAZULU-NATAL

• Emuseni Centre for the Aged;

• Ntokozweni Old Aged Home;

• Resthaven Home (KZN);

• Umlazi Christian Society; and

• Ekuphumleni Old Aged Home.

5) NORTH WEST

• Lapa La Botlhe;

• Huis Louis Swanepoel; and

• Rotarus Home.

6) NORTHERN CAPE

• Emmanuel Old Age Home;

• Frieda Kempen Old Age Home;

• House Spes Bona;

• Huis Daneel;

• Huis Danie Van Huyssteen;

• Johenco;

• Loxton; and

• Resthaven Home (NC).

7) WESTERN CAPE

• AGS Sarepta Tuiste vir Bejaardes;

• Beaconvale Home for the Aged;

• Beth Rogelim - Salvation Army;

• Coronation Memorial;

• CPOA: Erica Place;

• Ekuphumuleni Frail and Aged;

• House Sencit Resthaven;

• Joseph Matwa;

• Lingelihle Old Age Home;

• CPOA Place Arcadia;

• Rusthof Tehuis;

• Vermont Centre;

• Huis Luckoff; and

• Benevolent Park.

(b) All of the above old age homes are managed by their Executive Committees or Boards of management. They are all nonprofit organisations and therefore independent.

(c) The purpose of the study was to ascertain structural conditions in old age homes that posed danger to the lives of residents and personnel alike. The identified 58 old age homes are the most risky. Therefore they are the ones that specifically need urgent attention in terms of repairs, refurbishment, renovations, rebuilding etc. The others are not as risky as the 58. Therefore, the focus currently will be on the 58 identified risky old age homes. No date has been set to assess those that are better than the 58 both structurally and in terms of the programme.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 284/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 01 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 04

284. Mrs P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

With regard to the report Department of Social Development Old Age Home Condition Assessments, (a) which of the old age homes have entered into a contractual arrangement with her department stipulating service level agreements, (b) what are the stipulations with regard to maintenance of the facilities in each case and (c) on what date was each specified agreement entered into? NW359E

Reply:

(a) The Department has not entered into any contractual agreements with old age homes as yet. The matter is still under discussion as these old age facilities do not belong to government. These facilities are privately owned, hired by the Non-Profit Organisations.

(b) Not applicable.

(c) Not applicable.

o�ifЃp}y:Arial'>(2) Yes, the same criteria will apply for those who fall within the criteria and category as announced by the President on 27 April 2012.

(3) For the purpose of both the 2005 and 2012 Special Remission of Sentence projects, the crime of culpable homicide was regarded as the unlawful negligent killing of another person. The mitigating circumstances which reduce the culpability (intention) to kill, resulted that this crime was in the category that qualified for the additional twelve (12) months Special Remission of Sentence.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 282/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 01 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 04

282. Mrs P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

How many people have been convicted, (a) during the period 1 November to 31 December 2010, (b) in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012 and (c) since 1 January 2013, for elder abuse as stipulated in the Older Persons Act, Act 13 of 2006? NW357E

Reply:

The Department of Social Development is not in a position to indicate how many people have been convicted in (a) 2010 in (b) (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012 and (c) since 1st January 2013 for elder abuse as stipulated in the Older Persons Act, Act 13 of 2006.

Currently, the Department is managing a manual register which is informed by reported elder abuse by social workers from respective provinces.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION280/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 01 March 2013

Internal question paperno:04

280. Mrs P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

By what date will she make regulations for the monitoring of (a) residential facilities or (b)(i) community- and (ii) home-based care services in accordance with section 22 of the Older Persons Act, Act 13 of 2006? NW355E

Reply:

(a)(b)(i)&(ii) The regulations for monitoring residential facilities, community-and home-based care services will be made after the process of amending the Older Persons Act of 2006, which will start in 2014/15 financial year.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 277/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 01 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 04

277. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Does she intend to introduce an amendment in Parliament to the Older Persons Act, Act 13 of 2006, in order to clearly stipulate the rights of older persons in need of care and protection? NW352E

Reply:

Yes. I intend to introduce an amendment in Parliament to the Older Persons Act 13 of 2006. The amendment of the Act will cover all the gaps identified in all the chapters of the Act as received from provinces and identified during the implementation process, including the rights of older persons in need of care and protection.

Currently the National Department of Social Development is collecting information on the proposed amendments and a draft document is available and will be consulted upon with the sector. I intend to have an Amendment Bill included in the legislative programme of 2014/2015 financial year.

pp�o Ѓp}o fall within the criteria and category as announced by the President on 27 April 2012.

(3) For the purpose of both the 2005 and 2012 Special Remission of Sentence projects, the crime of culpable homicide was regarded as the unlawful negligent killing of another person. The mitigating circumstances which reduce the culpability (intention) to kill, resulted that this crime was in the category that qualified for the additional twelve (12) months Special Remission of Sentence.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 268/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 01 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 04

268. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Who was responsible for (a) the composition of the letter to beneficiaries informing them about the re-registration process and (b) developing the advertisements that appeared in the newspapers (copy furnished);

(2) What were the reasons for the (a) letter not informing beneficiaries which sites to go to in order to re-register and (b) advertisements not stipulating which documents to bring along in order to re-register? NW343E

Reply:

(1) (a)The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Head Office was responsible for the composition of the letter to beneficiaries informing them about the re-registration process.

(b) SASSA Head Office was responsible for developing the advertisements that appeared in the newspapers

(2) (a) The reason for the letter not informing beneficiaries which sites to go to in order to re-register was due to the fact that beneficiaries had the flexibility to re-register anywhere in the country and were not confined to a particular site. For instance, beneficiaries living in Gauteng and during re-registration were in Limpopo could re-register in Limpopo. Besides, beneficiaries have the tendency of not updating their latest residential addresses and SASSA did not want to inconvenience beneficiaries from moving from one Province or District for the purpose of re-registration.

(b) SASSA embarked upon a massive communication for re-registration. The advertisements and individual letters to beneficiaries indicated the documents that are required. The reference to the attached advert was to inform beneficiaries of the additional contact numbers that was established.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 264/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 01 March 2013

Internal question paper no: 04

264. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether, with reference to her reply to question 2345 on 3 October 2012, her department has completed its report on the South Coast Recovery Centre (SCRC); if not, why not; if so, what are the findings of the report;

(2) Whether she will provide a copy of the report; if not, why not? NW339E

Reply:

(1) Yes, the report on South Coast Recovery Centre has been completed and submitted to the Department of Social Development by the 15th of February 2013. The findings of the report will only become known once the Department has considered the content and recommendations of the report.

(2) As mentioned in reply to Parliamentary Question 2463 of 2012, the report will be made available within 90 days after completion depending on whether the contents thereof can be made public in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Act No. 2 of 2000).

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 199/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 22 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 02

199. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Why did her department not (a) appear in court and (b) submit its report into the South Coast Recovery Centre? NW213E

Reply:

(a) The Department did, as a matter of fact, appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High court on 07 December 2012 represented by its legal representative, Advocate Morgan Chetty and a representative from the Provincial Department of Social Development in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mr. Ntuthuko Hlabisa.

(b) The Department was not required to submit any report to court on the South Coast Recovery Centre.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 197/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 22 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 02

197. Mrs P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) On what date did the 2006 – 2011 National Drug Master Plan (NDMP) period end;

(2) whether a new NDMP has been implemented; if not, (a) what are the reasons that the new NDMP was not ready for implementation and (b) when will the new NDMP be implemented; if so, what are the relevant details;

(3) whether any other plan has been used in the interim; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW211E

Reply:

(1) The National Drug Master Plan 2006 – 2011 ended at the end of March 2011.

(2) No, the new National Drug Master Plan 2013 – 2017 has not been implemented

(a) The reason is that consultation process took longer than anticipated due to the priority nature of the Plan, which also generated interest amongst major stakeholders

(b) The National Drug Master Plan 2013 – 2017 will be implemented once the Cabinet has approved it.

(3) Yes, the stakeholders are implementing their provincial and national plans based on the priorities that were in the National Drug Master Plan 2006 – 2011 which are still relevant in the new National Drug Master Plan 2013 – 2017.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 196/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 22 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 02

196. Mrs P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 455 on 22 November 2012, the Central Drug Authority (CDA) Board has been appointed; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the board be appointed; if so, on what date was the board appointed? NW210E

Reply:

Yes, the Central Drug Authority (CDA) Board has been appointed.

(a) Not applicable.

(b) The CDA Board was appointed on 02 January 2013.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 194/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 22 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 02

194. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What are the criteria of her department in respect of the funding of nongovernmental organisations? NW208E

Reply:

The National Department of Social Development (DSD) has reviewed and approved the Policy on Financial Awards to Service Providers (PFA) in March 2011. The said document stipulates a clear eligibility criterion for funding and more importantly outlines the transformation imperatives which guide the Department in terms of transferring funds to the NGOs/NPOs, including emerging or previously disadvantaged organisations.

As per the Policy on Financial Awards to Service Providers, the Department is guided by, amongst others, the following eligibility criteria when funding NPOs/NGOs namely:

· be a legal persona and registered in terms of the Non-profit Organisations Act, 1997;

· proof that the applicant organization has taken reasonable steps to apply for such registration and has proof of such application; or

· registration in terms of any other prescribed service-specific legislation such as the Children's Act, 2005, or the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Act, 2008. In terms of both sets of legislation, service providers are also required to be accredited for the rendering of statutory services and must provide services or intend to provide services for the people and specific communities in line with the Department's priorities and objectives;

· have a constitution that embraces the provision of social development services; and

· be able to account for the utilization of funds allocated by the Department in an acceptable manner and in terms of the prescripts of the Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999 (PFMA).

The following will be key areas for consideration with regard to decision making by Government for financing purposes:

· Alignment to the Department's mandate and key strategic priorities;

· demonstrate the ability to manage and implement the proposed services in terms of service delivery expertise, trained human resource capacity, compliance to service delivery norms and standards;

· practice good governance and be able to account for the utilization of funds allocated by the Department (PFMA of 1999);

· effectiveness and relevance of expected outcomes;

· social integration, diversity and equity;

· the integration of special development areas in all service levels;

· services that help in the re-allocation of resources to ensure more equity between and within provinces;

· networking between organisations and communities; and

· provision of developmental social services to rural areas.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 193/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 22 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 02

193. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

What are the minimum norms and standards for secure care facilities as referred to on page 74 of her department's 2011-12 annual report? NW207E

Reply:

The minimum norms and standards for secure care facilities refer to standardized and uniform measures of services to children in conflict with the law who are kept in secure care facilities. They promote the best interest of the child in preventing re-offending through provision of different professional services and ensure the upholding of the principles of Child Justice and Restorative Justice. They were developed by the Department to put forward comprehensive model for secure care in South Africa.

The model promotes an environment milieu and programme conducive to the care, safety and healthy development of each child and young person while ensuring the safety of the community. The model therefore contains all elements that are needed in the development of a secure care programme and concludes with practice guidelines against which service delivery can be standardized, measured and improved.

Copies of these documents are available for perusal on request.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 192/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 22 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 02

192. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(a) What findings were reported by the inspection team referred to in her reply to question 2345 on 14 November 2012 and (b) when will the report be published?

NW206E

Reply:

(a) The report on South Coast Recovery Centre has been completed by the inspection team and submitted to the Department of Social Development on the 15th of February 2013. The findings of the report will only become known once the Department has considered the content and recommendations of the report.

(b) As mentioned in reply to Parliamentary Question 264 of 2013, the report will be made available within 90 days after completion depending on whether the contents thereof can be made public in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Act No. 2 of 2000).

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION191/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 22 February 2013

Internal question paperno:02

191. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether only facilities with frail care to older persons are obliged to register; if not, how many facilities that do not provide frail care have been registered; if so, (a) what is the basis for such obligation and (b) what are the registration obligations of facilities that do not provide frail care;

(2) whether she intends to introduce amendments to the Act in Parliament regarding the registration of facilities that do not provide frail care; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW205E

REPLY:

(1) No. Not only facilities with frail care to older persons are obliged to register. All service providers who manage facilities that render services to older persons in terms of the Older Persons Act, 2006 (Act no. 13 of 2006) are obliged to register with the Department of Social Development. Section 13 paragraph 18 (1) (a) of the Older Persons Act, 2006 mandates that every person who provides community-based care and support services must not operate unless the service is registered in terms of section 13. Section 35 of the Older Persons Act, 2006 prohibits the operation of a residential facility unless it is registered.

The table below illustrates the number of community based care and support services or facilities that are registered in provinces.

NAME OF PROVINCE

NUMBER OF COMMUNITY BASED CARE AND SUPPORT SERVICES

Eastern Cape

240

Free State

177

Gauteng

77

Kwa-Zulu Natal

43

Limpopo

46

Mpumalanga

Northern Cape

59

North West

30

Western Cape

227

(a) In terms of section 13, of the Older Persons Act, Act no. 13 of 2006, "Any person who wishes to provide a community-based care and support service must apply to the Director-General for the registration of such service"

(b) Regulation 6 stipulates the registration obligations of facilities that do not provide frail care. They are as follows:

- The applicant completes form 2 of the Regulations of the Older Persons

Act, 2006, which is the application form for registration of a community

based care and support service;

- The social worker or a person designated by the Director-General must visit the community based care and support service to conduct a compliance assessment with the national norms and standards;

- The report is submitted to the Director-General; and

- Subject to the report provided by the social worker or designated person,

the Director General may register the community based care and support

service on a temporary basis or permanently.

(2) Yes, I intend to introduce amendments to the Act in Parliament regarding the registration of facilities that do not provide frail care. This information will be available at the end of this financial year. The amendments will however be included in the legislative programme of 2014/15 for parliamentary processes.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 172/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

172. Mrs S P Kopane (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Whether her department has any strategies on how to achieve the full implementation of the Substance Abuse Act, Act 70 of 2008; if not, (a) why not and (b) how is her department measuring its achievements in this regard; if so, (i) what are the strategies and (ii) by what year is it anticipated that the Act will be fully implemented? NW190E

Reply:

Yes, the Department has strategies on how to achieve the full implementation of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, 2008 (Act No. 70 of 2008).

(a) Not applicable

(b) The Department has an Implementation Plan with clear deliverables and dates to ensure the full implementation of the Act. In addition, to ensure uniformity and quality services, the development of various substance abuse models such as Substance Abuse Prevention Model for Adults, Reintegration and Aftercare Model for Substance Abuse Services and Community-Based Model for Substance Abuse Services. The construction of Treatment Centres in Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Limpopo are steps that have already been taken which serve as a measure to achieve full implementation of the Substance Abuse Act.

i. There is a National Drug Master Plan which is a master strategy of Government outlining the approach as being supply, demand and harm reduction. At provincial sphere of government, each province has a provincial Mini Drug Master Plan. The Ministry for Social Development is playing a leading role in the implementation of an inter-sectoral Programme of Action against substance abuse (POA) which emanated from a Substance Abuse Summit held in 2011. An Inter-Ministerial Committee is driving the implementation of the POA which includes issues related to demand and harm reduction strategies.

ii. It is anticipated that the Act will be fully implemented by the end of the 2015/ 16 financial year.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 171/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

171. Mrs S P Kopane (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Whether her department has any strategies on how to achieve the full implementation of the Older Persons Act, Act 13 of 2006; if not, (a) why not and (b) how is her department measuring its achievements in this regard; if so, (i) what are the strategies and (ii) by what year is it anticipated that the Act will be fully implemented? NW189E

Reply:

(1) (a) Yes, the Department does have a coherent strategy to achieve the full implementation of the Older Persons Act.

(a) Not applicable.

(b)Monitoring and Evaluation instrument for community based care and support services and residential facilities for older persons has been developed and implemented to measure achievements in this regard (find attached document Annexure A).

(i) The strategy for the implementation of the OlderPersonsAct was developed and consulted with Provinces and other stake holders (find attached document Annexure B)

(ii) The Older Persons Act is progressively being implemented and part of it has been fully implemented. Since there are also other competing needs in terms of funding for the implementation of the Act, it is currently difficult to specify when the act will be fully implemented.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 156/2013

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

156. Mr M S F de Freitas (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) How many legal matters were dealt with by her department (a) in the (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12 financial years and (b) during the period 1 April 2012 up to the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) (a) how many of the specified legal matters were dealt with by (i) the State Attorney and (ii) private attorneys during the specified periods and (b) what are the reasons why her department was not represented by the State Attorney in each specified case;

(3) what total amounts were paid by her department to (a) the State Attorney and (b) private attorneys during the specified periods? NW162E

Reply:

(1)(a) (i) 2009-10 the Department dealt with 240 (Two Hundred and Forty); (ii) 2010-11 the Department dealt with 944 (Nine Hundred and Forty Four); (iii) 2011-12 the Department dealt with 980 (Nine Hundred and Eighty); and

(b) 2012 to date the Department dealt with 900 (Nine Hundred).

(2)(a) (i) 3061 (Three Thousand and Sixty One). (ii) 3 (Three).

(b) Two of the three cases referred to in (2)(a)(ii) were dealt with by Private Attorneys appointed through the Office of the State Attorney as they were disciplinary cases involving Senior Officials of the Department. The other matter was initially dealt with by the State Attorney. However, the State Attorney did not handle the matter satisfactorily with the result that an order was delivered against the Department in the Labour Court. Several letters of complaints were sent to the State Attorney in this regard. Due to the possible adverse implication of this court order, the Department in consultation with the State Attorney, decided to appoint a private attorney through the Office of the State Attorney to handle the matter.

(3)(a) The amount paid to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

(State Attorney) as reimbursed is as follows:

(i) In 2009-10 financial year it was R 2, 042, 318.25 (Two Million Forty Two Thousand Three Hundred and Eighteen Rands and Twenty Five Cents);

(ii) In 2010-11 financial year it was R 11, 116, 297.97 (Eleven Million One Hundred and Sixteen Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety Seven Rands and Ninety Seven cents only);

(iii) In 2011-12 financial year it was R 15, 494, 039.42 (Fifteen Million Four Hundred and Ninety Four Thousand and Thirty Nine Rands and Forty Two Cents);

(iv) From 1 April 2012 to date it is R 12, 824, 125.03 (Twelve Million Eight Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand One Hundred and Twelve Five Rands and Three Cents only).

(b) The amount paid to Private Attorneys is R 131, 746.00 (One hundred and Thirty One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Six Rands, which is included in the legal costs referred to above.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 123/2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

123. Mr M W Rabotapi (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether (a) her department and (b) any entities reporting to her paid any bonuses to senior officials in December 2012; if so, in each specified case, (i) to whom and (ii) what amount was paid;

(2) whether the specified bonuses were performance-based; if not, what is the justification for each bonus; if so, in each case, from which budget were the performance bonuses paid;

(3) whether, in each case, (a) a performance agreement was signed with the official and (b) regular performance assessments were conducted; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case? NW129E

REPLY:

(1) (a) The Department of Social Development (DSD) did not pay bonuses to any senior officials in December 2012. The senior officials were assessed and the submissions for approval of recommended performance incentives are still pending Minister's approval.

(b) The NDA did not pay any senior official bonuses in December 2012. There were no senior officials within the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) who were paid performance bonuses in December 2012.

(i) None

(ii) None

(2) Not applicable

(3) Not applicable

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 90 /2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

90. Mr J J van der Linde (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(a) How many tickets did (i) her department and (ii) any of its entities purchase to attend business breakfasts hosted by a certain newspaper (name furnished) (aa) in the (aaa) 2010-11 and (bbb) 2011-12 financial years and (bb) during the period 1 April 2012 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) what was the total cost in each case? NW96E

Reply:

(a)

(i) No tickets were purchased by the Department of Social Department (ii) South African Social Security Agency as well as the NDA to attend any business breakfast hosted by the New Age newspaper in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 financial year period.

(aa) Not Applicable

(aaa) Not Applicable

(bbb) Not Applicable

(bb) Not Applicable

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 18 /2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

18. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) On what basis was the allocation of departmental subsidies determined into (a) 50% for human resources, (b) 45% for goods and services and (c) 5% for administration;

(2) whether any consideration was taken into account in respect of salaries in frail care facilities which account for more than 75% of total costs; if not, why not; if so, why was this not taken into account when the breakdown of departmental subsidies was determined;

(3) whether her department intends to revise the utilisation of departmental subsidies; if not, why not; if so, when will the revision take place? NW20E

Reply:

(1) There is no specific formula used as percentage basis for determining the subsidies allocated for human resources, goods and services and administration for non-profit organisations (NPOs). However, the Department awards subsidies to NPOs based on the Policy on Financial Awards to Service Providers and other legislative frameworks relevant to the services provided. Provincial Departments determine the utilisation of subsidies based on the available resources. Provinces are currently using at different methodologies of funding the NPOs. Some provinces have been providing a per capita rate for most of the subsidised programmes based on the number of beneficiaries serviced. The subsidy covers the overall costs of the service including human resources, goods and services and administration.

(2) Yes, consideration was taken into account in respect of salaries in frail care facilities. However the Department's funding framework of 75% funding was inclusive of programmes administration which caters for salaries as well as goods and services. The Department developed a costing model when the Older Persons Bill was finalized to determine the total costs involved in the provision of services for all programmes according to the three levels of care (Basic, Intermediary and Tertiary).The costs allocation were guided by the PFA.

(3) Yes. The Department intends reviewing the utilisation of the subsidies through the implementation of programme funding. The Policy on Financial Awards to Service Providers advocates for programme financing approach other than the subsidisation approach which has been utilised in funding all social services including statutory services. Programme financing will ensure the financing of the various aspects of the service being rendered and the total cost related thereto.

Additionally, the Department developed National Baseline Costing Models and is in the process of finalising the Funding Model. The said models will guide the provinces in the allocation of funding of the NPOs to ensure uniformity, improved, and equitable distribution of resources across all provinces.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 17 /2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

17. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Whether her department has any strategies on how to achieve the full implementation of the Children's Act, Act 38 of 2005 as amended; if not, (a) why not and (b) how is her department measuring its achievements in this regard; if so, (i) what are the strategies and (ii) by what year is it anticipated that the Act will be fully implemented? NW19E

Reply:

(a) Yes, the Department has strategies to achieve the full implementation of the Children's Act 38 of 2005. The Act was in implementation from 1 April 2010. A National Policy Framework, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework with implementation indicators and a National Intersectoral Plan were developed to guide, support and assist with the implementation of the Act.

(b) The achievements are being measured and monitored by way of an implementation plan with indicators. The plan includes non financial data elements, social sector priorities, implementation matrix and indicators. Information is collected on a quarterly and annual basis.

(i) The Children's Act provides for the development of Provincial Profiles and Strategies for Partial Care, Early Childhood Development, Prevention and Early Intervention, Child Protection, Child and Youth Care Centres and Drop-in Centres.

The profiles and strategies are in the process of being developed. The National Department of Social Development provided guidance and capacity building to provinces and other service providers to finalize this process. The strategies will be finalized by March 2014.

(ii) The Act was fully implemented from the 1st of April 2010.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 16 /2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

16. Mrs H Lamoela (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

Whether there is a roll-out programme for the expansion of (a) community-based services, (b) treatment centres, (c) aftercare and integration and (d) other services; if not, why not; if so, what are the specific dates for the roll out of services, in each case? NW18E

Reply:

Yes, the National Department of Social Development facilitated implementation rollout of (a) community based services, (b) treatment services, (c) after-care and reintegration services through capacity building, monitoring and support sessions.

The following are the dates for the capacity building, monitoring and support sessions:

(a) Community Based Services: capacity building

23-24 August 2011: Igugulethu Place of Safety (Gauteng Province);

12-13 September 2011: Newlands Park Centre (Kwa-Zulu Natal Province);

14-15 September 2011: Pembi Conference Centre (Western Cape Province);

7-8 December 2011: Cambridge Police Station (Eastern Cape Province); and

12-13 December 2011: Resource and Training Centre (Limpopo Province).

Community Based Services: Monitoring and support Visits

26 July 2012: Sakhulutsha Community Based project (Eastern Cape Province);

14 August 2012: Kagiso Faith based Organisation (Gauteng Province); and

16 August 2012: SANCA Empangeni (KwaZulu Natal Province).

(b)Treatment Services: Capacity building

04 September 2012: Limpopo province;

06 September 2012: Mpumalanga province;

13 September 2012: Gauteng Province;

14 September 2012: North West Province;

18 September 2012: Free State Province;

26 September 2012: Western Cape Province;

04 October 2012: Eastern Cape Province; and

30 October 2012: Kwa-Zulu Natal Province.

Treatment services: Monitoring and assessment visits

22 February and 11-14 April 2012: South Coast Recovery Centre (KwaZulu Natal Province);

23 February and 14 August 2012: Sitholimpilo Rehabilitation Centre ((KwaZulu Natal Province);

24 February 2012: Prydon Clinic (KwaZulu Natal Province);

13 August 2012: SANCA Out-Patient (KwaZulu Natal Province);

6-8 November 2012: Newlands Park Centre (KwaZulu Natal Province);

28-29 February 2012Thembelitsha Rehabilitation Centre (Eastern Cape Province);

26-27 September 2012 Shepherds Field Centre (Eastern Cape Province);

31 March 2012: Enoch's Walk Bible Centre (Gauteng Province);

16-17 October 2012: Nishtara Treatment Centre (Gauteng Province);

2 May 2012: Healing Wings Youth Treatment Centre (Mpumalanga Province);

3 May 2012: Mkhondo Athalia Rehabilitation Centre (Mpumalanga Province);

8-9 November 2012: Swartfontein Centre (Mpumalanga Province); and

9 November 2012: Beethoven Recovery Centre (North West Province).

(c) Reintegration and Aftercare Services: Capacity building

23-24 August 2011: Igugulethu Place of Safety (Gauteng Province);

12-13 September 2011: Newlands Park Centre (Kwazulu Natal Province);

14-15 September 2011: Pembi Conference Centre (Western Cape Province);

7-8 December: Cambridge Police Station (Eastern Cape Province); and

12-13 December 2011: Resource and Training Centre (Limpopo Province).

Reintegration and Aftercare Services: Monitoring Visits

26 July 2012: Thembelitsha Treatment Centre (Eastern Cape Province);

14 August 2012: SANCA Thusong (Gauteng Province); and

16 August 2012: SANCA Nongoma (Kwazulu Natal Province).

(d) Any other services

Not applicable.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 14 /2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

14. Mrs P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) With reference to her reply to question 1678 on 3 October 2012, what progress has been made with implementing the electronic older persons abuse register and what are the time frames for implementation nationally and provincially;

(2) whether her department will coordinate the (a) implementation and (b) updating of the register nationally and provincially; if not, (i) why not and (ii) what measures does she intend to implement to ensure that updates to the register are accessible nationwide in real time; if so, what are the relevant details? NW15E

Reply:

(1) The Department has availed funds for the development of the electronic register in the new financial year 2013/14.

The timeframes for the full implementation of the electronic register is proposed for October 2013.

(2) Yes, the department will coordinate the (a) implementation and (b) updating of the electronic register nationally and provincially.

(i) Not Applicable

(ii) The Department will ensure appointment of focal persons per province to manage and update the electronic register. The focal persons will work with relevant stakeholders to ensure accessibility nationwide.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 11 /2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

11. Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether, with reference to the regulations in terms of the Social Assistance Act, Act 13 of 2004, (details furnished), (a) any primary caregivers have informed the Director-General of her department, in writing, that a child (a) is not enrolled or (b) fails to attend school; if so, what are the relevant details; if not,

(2) whether there are any (a) consequences or (b) penalties of any kind if caregivers fail to inform the Director-General of her department? NW12E

Reply:

(1) To date no cases of children who are (a) not enrolled or (b) fails to attend school have been reported to the Director-General.

(2) The Social Assistance Act and Regulations do not make provision for any (a) consequences or (b) penalty for non-compliance by caregivers. Given the high enrolment and pass rates at primary schooling, no punitive action is necessary. A sampling of school reports during 2011 revealed that the majority of learners had successfully completed their respective grades. The regulations are intended to encourage school enrolment and completion rather than penalise learners.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 10 /2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

10. Mr M Swart (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Since the enforcement of the regulations in terms of the Social Assistance Act, Act 13 of 2004, (details furnished), in how many instances has the Director-General of her department taken appropriate steps to ensure that a child is enrolled and attends school after an investigation has been completed;

(2) What are the consequences if the Director-General has failed to ensure that a child is enrolled and attends school after an investigation is completed?

NW11E

REPLY:

(1) To date no such cases were reported for investigation.

(2) The Director-General of the National Department of Social Development cannot be held to account for ensuring that a child is enrolled or attends school. The Head of the Provincial Department of Education is in terms of the section 5 of the South African Schools Act 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996) ultimately responsible to ensure that a child, who is of school going age, is enrolled at and attends school.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 09 /2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

9. Mr M Swart (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

(1) Whether, under the amendments of the regulations in terms of the Social Assistance Act, Act 13 of 2004 (details furnished), the Head of Department as stated in the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996, has informed the Director-General of her department in writing of any child that (a) is not enrolled and/or (b) fails to attend school since inception of the regulations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) what are the consequences if the Head of Department as stated in the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996 fails to inform the Director-General of her department that a child (a) is not enrolled and/or (b) fails to attend school?

NW10E

REPLY:

(1) No, my Department's Director General did not receive any report from the Head of Department as stated in the South African Schools Act of 1996 regarding (a) school enrolment and (b) school attendance.

(2) The regulations do not make provision for consequences for failure to inform the Director-General. Since regulation 6(6) provides only for failure to enroll and attend school, it is assumed that there are no such cases. The matter could however be followed up further with the Department of Basic Education.

Reply received: March 2013

QUESTION 08 /2013

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Date of publication on internal question paper: 14 February 2013

Internal question paper no: 01

8. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Social Development:

With reference to the regulations in terms of the Social Assistance Act, Act 13 of 2004, as published on 31 December 2009, (a) how many primary caregivers have submitted, every six months, to the Director-General of her department the child's recent school or educational institution report signed by the principal or head of the school or institution and (b) what are the consequences for caregivers who fail to submit such documentation? NW9E

REPLY:

(a) The Department has been flooded with thousands of report cards but currently does not have the capacity to record them. Hence alternative plans are underway to undertake such verification via data exchange between the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) on a monthly basis. The Ministers of Social Development and Basic Education signed a memorandum of understanding giving effect to these plans in 2012.

(b) The Social Assistance Act and Regulations do not make provision for any consequences for non-compliance by caregivers. Considering the high enrolment and pass rates over the general education phase, no punitive action is necessary. A sampling of school reports during 2011 revealed that the majority of learners had successfully completed their respective grades. The regulations are intended to encourage school enrolment and completion rather than penalise learners.