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Reply received: June 2013

QUESTION 1082

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

MR M W RABOTAPI (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

QUESTION:

(1) What total amounts has (a) her department and (b) each specified entity reporting to her spent on (i) print and (ii) broadcast advertising in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years;

(2) in each case, (a)(i) by which radio or television station were the advertisements broadcast and (ii) in which newspapers were the advertisements published in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years and (b) at what cost in each specified case? NW1315E

REPLY:

(1) What total amounts has (a) her department and (b) each specified entity reporting to her spent on (i) print and (ii) broadcast advertising in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years;

(a) Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

(aa) 2009/10

(i) Print: Vacancies – R5 251 683.00; Other – R2 515 121.10; Total: R7 766 804.10

(ii) Broadcast advertising: R148 779.92

(bb) 2010/11

(i) Print: Vacancies – R6 848 103.00; Other – R4 167 522.60; Total: R11 015 625.00

(ii) Broadcast advertising: R330 396.00

(cc) 2011/12

(i) Print: Vacancies – R7 000 500.00; Other – R2 386 135.90; Total: R9 386 635.90

(ii) Broadcast advertising: R310 931.60

(dd) 2012/13

(i) Print: Vacancies – R7 281 882.00; Other – R3 549 170.60; Total: R10 831 052.00

(ii) Broadcast advertising: R2 495 542.70

(b) Entities reporting to the Minister

Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP)

(i) Print advertising:

(aa) 2009/10

R612 450.13

(bb) 2010/11

R338 524.80

(cc) 2011/12

R478 905.03

(dd) 2012/13

R684 108.13

(ii) Broadcast advertising: None

Agricultural Resource Council (ARC)

(i) Print advertising:

(aa) 2009/10

None

(bb) 2010/11

R393 000.00

(cc) 2011/12

R12 200.00

(dd) 2012/13

Figure is not available (Annual financial statements have not been audited as yet.)

(ii) Broadcast advertising: None

Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB)

(i) Advertising: print only in magazines/journals, not in newspapers

(aa) 2009/10

R144 227.00

(bb) 2010/11

R143 024.00

(cc) 2011/12

R113 725

(dd) 2012/13

R90 625.00

(ii) Broadcast advertising: No advertisements were broadcast on TV/radio.

National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC)

The NAMC did not spend any money on advertising during the period in question.

(2) in each case, (a) (i) by which radio or television station were the advertisements broadcast and (ii) in which newspapers were the advertisements published in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years and (b) at what cost in each specified case?

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

- Advertising of vacancies

(a) (i) No radio or television station was used to advertise vacancies, (ii) newspapers:

(aa) 2009/10

Vacant posts published in newspapers: Sunday Times, City Press, Rapport, Sowetan and local newspapers.

(bb) 2010/11

Vacant posts published in newspapers: Sunday Times, City Press, Rapport, Sowetan and local newspapers.

(cc) 2011/12

- Advertising of vacancies

(b) (i) No radio or television station was used to advertise vacancies, (ii) newspapers:

(aa) 2009/10

Vacant posts published in newspapers: Sunday Times, City Press, Rapport, Sowetan and local newspapers.

(bb) 2010/11

Vacant posts published in newspapers: Sunday Times, City Press, Rapport, Sowetan and local newspapers.

(cc) 2011/12

· Internship opportunities

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Daily Sun, City Press (b) Cost: R112 337.89

· 2010 academic year bursary awards

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: City Press (b) Cost: R55 625.89

· Tribute to late Dep. Min. Dirk du Toit

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Cape Argus, Saturday Star, Sunday Independent (b) Cost: R95 935.07

· World Food Day awareness campaign

(i) Radio or television: Phalaborwa FM, Makhado FM (b) Cost: R29 754.00

(ii) Newspapers: Capricorn Voice, Limpopo Informat, Daily Sun (b) Cost: R67 499.66

· Agriculture and Land Reform

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers (b) Cost: R148 174.92

· Ilima/Letsema campaign

(i) Radio and television: None

(ii) Newspapers (b) Cost: R381 120.37

· International Cotton Advisory Committee, 68th Plenary meeting

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Cotton SA, Farmer's Weekly, Landbouweekblad (b) Cost: R28 257.39

· 2010 FIFA Awareness campaign

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Plasma screens, SADC Africa, MIA, Sawubona, About Time, Inter Link Magazine, SA Express (b) Cost: R1 312 160.74

(bb) 2010/11

· Prohibited products (products that cannot be brought into the country)

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Online advert on SADCOnline (b) Cost: R199 494.30

· Rerun on warning about prohibited agricultural products

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Online advertisement (SADC Online) (b) Cost: R39 914.25

· Other campaigns (Arbor Week, Budget Vote, Female Farmer of the Year)

(i) Radio or television: SABC, community radio stations (b) Cost: R330 396.00

(ii) Newspapers: Ads24, Avusa, Mail & Guardian, New Age Media, The Inc, Tsalena Media, Uhuru Publishing (b) Cost: R3 928 114.10

(cc) 2011/12

· Budget Vote Speech

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: New Agenda Magazine (b) Cost: R45 543.00

· Prohibited products (products that cannot be brought into the country)

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Online advert on SADC Online (b) Cost: R524 729.18

· Protected trees campaign

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: The New Age (b) Cost: R61 356.00

· Farmers' Registration Campaign

(i) Radio or television: Community radio, commercial radio (b) Cost: R310 931.60

(ii) Newspapers: The New Age, community newspapers (b) Cost: R195 236.00

· Female Entrepreneur Awards

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Sawubona Magazine (b) Cost: R96 900.00

· Conference of the Parties 17 (COP 17)

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Special report on events to take place at COP 17 (b) Cost: R884 005.97

· Minister's Q&A on service delivery

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: The Thinker Magazine (b) Cost: R68 365.80

· Minister's special report

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: The Correspondent magazine (international magazine to be distributed with Newsweek) (b) Cost: R510 000.00

(dd) 2012/13

· Budget Vote Speech

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: The New Age, Beeld, Farmer's Weekly, The Star, Pretoria News, Landbouweekblad, Sowetan (b) Cost: R543 348.24

· Bursaries Awards 2012

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: The New Age (b) Cost: R47 608.68

· Call to register 2013

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: The New Age (b) Cost: R50 114.00

· Arbor Week

(i) Radio or television: Good Hope FM, Ukhozi FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Thobela FM, Lesedi FM, Motsweding FM, Ligwalagwala FM, Phlalphala FM, Munghana Lonene FM, iKwekwezi FM, community radio (b) Cost: R674 334.00 + SABC TV R459 648.00 Total cost: R1 133 982.00

(ii) Newspapers: Beeld, Sowetan, Daily Dispatch, Saturday Star, DFA, Isolezwe, The New Age (b) Cost: R218 619.54

· Learner ships

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: The New Age (b) Cost: R106 099.24

· LandCare Conference

(i) Radio or television: SA FM, RSG, Ukhozi FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Thobela FM, Lesedi FM, Motsweding FM, Ligwalagwala FM, Phlalphala FM, Munghana Lonene FM, iKwekwezi FM (b) Cost R574 759.50

(ii) Newspapers: Community newspapers, City Press, Daily Sun, Sowetan, Farmer's Weekly, Horizon Magazine, The New Age (b) Cost: R328 479.83

· World Food Day

(i) Radio or television: SA FM, RSG, Ukhozi FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Thobela FM, Lesedi FM, Motsweding FM, Ligwalagwala FM, Phlalphala FM, Munghana Lonene FM, iKwekwezi FM, Lotus FM (b) Cost: R786 801.28

(ii) Newspapers: Daily Dispatch, Sowetan, Cape Argus, The Star, Isolezwe, The New Age, Daily Sun, Beeld, City Press, Financial Mail (b) Cost: R647 054,88 (supplements) + R566 099,34 (others) = R1 213 154.20

· Scholarship to China

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: City Press, Sunday Times, The New Age (b) Cost: R217 836.67

· Protected Trees campaign

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Sunday Times, Rapport (b) Cost: R308 631.15

· Prohibited material during Africa Cup of Nations

(i) Radio or television: None

Newspapers: Online advertisements: SADC Online, SA Online, 32 other search

(ii) engines (b) Cost: R399 000.00

· Awareness campaign on departmental programmes

(i) Radio or television: None

(ii) Newspapers: Online advertisements on ADS World Business Network (b) Cost: R116 280.00

Entities reporting to the Minister

Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP)

(a) (i) Radio or television: No radio advertisements in the domestic market due to financial constraints and one campaign using radio in Namibia on 99fm in 2012. (b) Cost: included in the figure provided in (1) (i) (dd), p.5.

(ii) Print advertisements: Landbouweekblad, Veeplaas, Farmer's Weekly, AgriSA, IVS, SAVC magazine, MIMS, AgriECO, Dairymail, Nerpo magazine, RPO Magazine, AFSA magazine.

Agricultural Resource Council (ARC)

(a) (i) Broadcasting: None

(ii) Print advertisements:

(aa) 2009/10

None

(bb) 2010/11

CEO Talk and Business Day

(cc) 2011/12

Business Day

(dd) 2012/13

Annual financial statements have not been audited as yet.

Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB)

(a) (i) Broadcasting: None

(ii) Print advertising: No advertising in newspapers, but advertised in the following:

(aa) 2009/10

Publications: SA Fruit Journal, Farming SA, Farmer's Weekly, Subtropical yearly books; (b) Cost: R144 227.00

(bb) 2010/2011

Publications: SA Fruit Journal, Export and Import SA, RACA, Cold Chain, Eurofruit, SA Fruit and Vegetables (b) Cost: R143 024.00

(cc) 2011/2012

Publications: SA Fruit Journal, Export and Import SA, RACA, Cold Chain, Eurofruit (b) Cost: R113 725.00

(dd) 2012/2013

Publications: SA Fruit Journal, Export and Import SA, RACA, Cold Chain, Eurofruit (b) Cost: R90 625.00

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 1025

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Mr P van Dalen (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION

(1) (a) When was a certain person (details furnished) officially appointed, (b) what procedure was followed in appointing her and (c) how many other candidates were (i) interviewed and (ii) shortlisted;

(2) will she provide a copy of the Presidential minutes in terms of which the said person was appointed? NW1251

REPLY

(1) (a)- 1 December 2012

(b)- She was transferred. In terms of section 12(3) (c), read with section 12(3) (d) of the Public Service Act, 1994, it is stipulated that the President may, in consultation with the Premier or Premiers concerned, transfer, before or at the expiry of his/her term, or extended term, (i) the head of the Office of the Premier, a provincial department or a provincial government component , to perform functions in a similar or any other capacity in a national department , in a post of equal , higher or lower grading or additional to the establishment , as the President , in consultation with the Premier or Premiers , considers appropriate.

(c)- (i) - not applicable (ii) - not applicable

(2) Yes

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 1024

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Dr P J Rabie (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION:

(1) How many tons of abalone is estimated to be poached each year;

(2) What action is her department taking to (a) prevent abalone poaching and (b) actively protect abalone resources? NW1250E

REPLY:

(1) It is very difficult to obtain precise data on the quantity of abalone poached because illegal catches are, by their very nature, unregulated and unreported. However, the amount of abalone confiscated is the following:

2008 - 43 tons

2009 – 54 tons

2010 – 57 tons

2011 – 71 tons

2012 – 58 tons

These values include both wet (shucked) and dried abalone.

(2) (a) The Department has developed and is implementing a strategy to deal with and to curb and reduce abalone poaching throughout the South African coastline.

(b) This strategy is called the Integrated Fisheries Security Strategy (IFSS). The objectives of the IFSS are:

i. To prevent and stabilize the illegal harvesting of marine living resources in identified hotspots,

ii. To effectively deploy resources in the identified priority areas or hotspots,

iii. To allow for the recovery of fish stocks,

iv. To intensify existing operations and engage partners, stakeholders and other joint law enforcement agencies in a multi-agency approach to address organized poaching, as well as,

v. Identified agencies to engage and commit the required resources

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 1022

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Mrs A Steyn (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION

List the titles of all research that has been undertaken by Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) since 1992 per year? NW1248E

REPLY:

OBP has records of research titles since its incorporation as a company in 2000. After the incorporation the company conducted research and development on animal vaccines with the following titles:

Title

Year of study

Rift Valley fever

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Enzootic Abortion Ovine

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Lumpy Skin Disease

2003, 2005, 2007,2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Bluetongue

2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013

African Horse sickness

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Bovine Ephemeral Fever

2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Sheep & Goat Pox

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Pestis des Pestes

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,

Equine Influenza

2001, 2005, 2013

Rinderpest

2000, 2001

Rabies

2000, 2001

Contagious Pustular Dermatitis

2012, 2013

New Castle Disease

2007, 2008

Contagious Bovine pleuropneumonia

2007, 2008

Botulism

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Leukotoxin

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Fowl typhoid

2005, 2006, 2007

Heartwater

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Coryza

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Brucella

2012, 2013

Tetanus

2012

Pulpy Kidney

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Pasteurella

2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

Combination vaccines

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 1021

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Mrs A Steyn (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION

(1) (a) How much and (b) what type of meat in each case was imported from (i) India and (ii) Brazil in (aa)(aaa) 2011 and (bbb) 2012 and (bb) since 1 January 2013;

(2) list all the applicants that were granted permits to import meat classified as Bovidae in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012;

(3) in which Gazette, in line with the Meat Safety Act, Act 40 of 2000, does the approval for meat importation from (a) India and (b) Brazil appear? NW1247E

REPLY:

(1) (a) How much and (b) what type of meat in each case was imported from (i) India and (ii) Brazil in (aa)(aaa) 2011 and (bbb) 2012 and (bb) since 1 January 2013;

See attached reply

(2) List all the applicants that were granted permits to import meat classified as Bovidae in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012;

See attached reply

(3) In which Gazette, in line with the Meat Safety Act, Act 40 of 2000, does the approval for meat importation from (a) India and (b) Brazil appear?

In terms of animal disease risk the two countries mentioned (i.e. India & Brazil) have been closely evaluated as posing significant risk in as far as South Africa is concerned. As such the importation of animals and animal products from these countries is primarily evaluated and decisions based Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act No. 35 of 1984) and international standards, rather than the Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act No. 40 of 2000).

The procedures and requirements for the importation of meat can be obtained from the website: www.daff.gov.za

a) India: Currently the Directorate of Animal Health is not issuing Veterinary Import permits for water buffalo meat from India. The importation of water buffalo meat from India was suspended by the Directorate of Animal Health on 12 May 2011 (in terms of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act No. 35 of 1984).

b) Brazil: Currently the Directorate of Animal Health is not issuing Veterinary Import permits for beef from Brazil. Directorate of Animal Health is evaluating the response received from the Chief Veterinary Officer in Brazil.

Notes for Minister:

In terms of the Meat Safety Act, and the Animal Diseases Act, we are not able to supply the information with clients' names.

Section 17 (1) of Meat Safety Act:

Confidentiality

No person may disclose any information which relates to any person and which 5 was acquired by him or her in the performance of his or her functions in terms of this Act, except-

(a) in so far as it may be necessary for the application of this Act;

(b) for the purposes of any legal proceedings under this Act:

(c) when required to do so by a competent court:

(d) if the Minister, in the public interest, authorises the disclosure

thereof: or

(e) to the extent necessary in order to comply with a law dealing

with access to information.

Section 25 of Animal Diseases Act:

Secrecy -

(1) No person shall, except for the purpose of the performance of his duties under this Act, or for the purpose of legal proceedings thereunder, or when required to do so by any competent court, excluding a civil court, or under any law, or with the written consent of the Minister, disclose to any other person any information acquired by him in the performance of his duties under this Act, and which relates to the business or affairs of a person.

(2) No person shall, except with the written consent of the Minister, give access to any person other than the director, an officer, or any other person entitled thereto in terms of any law, to any records or registers kept in terms of this Act.

We have however blocked clients' details, and classified as Client A-Q.

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 960

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Mr M W Rabotapi (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION:

(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? NW1183E

REPLY:

The right of access to information is entrenched in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, and acceded through the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000) (PAIA).

The PAIA is viewed as a crucial instrument to strengthen policy making for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). In fact, while the department has created strong and regular platforms of engaging with stakeholders at their organisational level, sharing information at individual member level will be further strengthened through the PAIA.

While dialogue is encouraged and ongoing among structured stakeholder groups, interaction with the broader communities in the sector will maximise service delivery and improved relations. Therefore, the department regards access to information as essential in developing informed policies for the benefit of the sector and our stakeholders.

In the implementation of PAIA, the DAFF has to be careful and to continue protecting intellectual property of rights holders of plant and livestock breeders as well as intellectual proper held in terms of Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act, 1947 (Act no 36 of 1947). These have been the basis for almost all refusals.

(1) For the 2010/2011 reporting period 104 were received

(i) 64 granted

(ii) 9 refused

(iii) 0 deemed refusal under section 27

(b) Entities reporting to her 0 requests were received

(2) 1 internal appeal was received by the Department

(i) none were granted

(ii) one internal appeal was refused

(iii) none was deemed refused under section 77(7)

For the 2011/12 reporting period:

(a) 108 requests were received

(i) 69 granted

(ii) 12 refused

(iii) 0 deemed refused

(b) Entities reporting to her, 15 requests were received by the PPECB

(i) 15 granted

(ii) 0 refused

(iii) 0 deemed refused under section 77(7) of the Act

(a) 3 internal appeals were received by the Department

(i) None were granted

(ii) Three were refused

(iii) None were deemed refused under section 77(7)

For the 2012/13 reporting period

(a) 107 were received

(i) 82 were granted

(ii) 22 were refused

(iii) 2 were deemed refusals

(b) Entities reporting to her, 10 requests were received

(i) 9 granted by PPECB

(ii) 1 refused by ARC

(iii) 0 deemed refused under section 77(7) of the Act

(a) 6 internal appeals were received by DAFF

(i) 2 were granted

(ii) 3 were refused

(iii) None were deemed refused under section 77(7)

(b) 0 appeals were received by entities reporting to her

3. Mr Sipho Ntombela, the Acting Director-General is the Information Officer of the Department, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Private Bag X250, Pretoria, 0001, Tel No. (012) 319 7213, Fax No. (012) 3197135, E-mail NtombelaS@daff.gov.za. In addition, core Deputy Directors General and the Chief Information Officer, are delegated deputy information officers.

Dr S.R. Moephuli. CEO, Agricultural Research Council, P.O.Box 8783, Pretoria, 0001, Fax (012) 342 8024 (CEO), Tel (012) 427 9702 (CEO), E-mail Ceosec@arc.agric.za.

Dr S.T. Cornelius, CEO, Onderstepoort Biological Products Limited, Private Bag X7, Onderstepoort, 0110, Fax (012) 5221591, PA Tsitsi Macheka (012) 522 1607, Email tsitsi@obpvaccines.co.za, Cornelius@obpvaccines.co.za

Mr Stuart Symington, Perishable Products Export Control Board, P.O Box 15289, Panorama, 7506, Tel (021) 930 1134, Fax (021) 936 7206, E-mail stewarts@ppecb.com, lezettet@ppecb.com

Mr Ronald Ramabulana, National Agricultural Marketing Council, Private Bag X935, Pretoria, Tel (012) 341 1115, Fax (012) 341 1811, E-mail Ronald@NAMC.co.za

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 833

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

MR M G P LEKOTA (COPE) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

QUESTION

1. Whether the department has commissioned, supported or undertaken any study on the health, distribution and viability of agriculture-friendly insect populations such as (a) honey bees, (b) native ladybird beetles, (c) green lacewings, (d) mantis and (e) trichogramma wasps in support of food security in the country; if so, what (i) are the details and (ii) progress is being made in commercialising the production of these insects to maintain a viable population of each species?

REPLY

(i) The department has not commissioned, supported or undertaken any study on the health, distribution and viability of agriculture-friendly insect populations including honey bees, native ladybird beetles, green lacewings, mantis and trichogramma wasps.

DAFF supports the protection of the Honeybee Industry through ensuring appropriate legislation and conducting surveys of pests and diseases, where necessary, such as American Foul Brood. This is done under the Agricultural Pests Act 1983, (Act No. 36 of 1983), in particular Regulation R.1674 of 24 of December 1988. An official delimiting survey was undertaken in 2009 and further validation and monitoring sampling during 2010 and 2011.

Further work on pollination ecosystem services which includes agriculture-friendly insects are carried out by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

(ii) The department is not involved in the commercial production of these insects. Any specific insect which is used as a bio-control agent is regulated under the Agricultural Pests Act 1983, (Act No. 36 of 1983) in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs, to ensure that the release into the environment does not lead to any negative impacts.

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 773

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Dr C P Mulder (FF PLUS) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION

(1) (a) Which criteria were used to determine if the Black Association of Wine and Spirits Industry (BAWSI) qualifies for financial contributions, (b) what was the objective for which the funds were provided and (c) which measuring instruments were used to determine if BAWSI achieved the objectives for which the funds were provided;

(2) whether she has found that the Governments objectives with the donation of funds to BAWSI were achieved through the organisations 'usage of the funds; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW984E

REPLY:

1(a) Which criteria were used to determine if the Black Association of Wine and Spirits Industry (BAWSI) qualifies for financial contributions:

(a) BAWSI is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), all NGOs qualify for any form of government support. In this case BAWSI has been working among farm workers over a period of time and needed support in ensuring that its work becomes sustainable. The criteria that was used for this particular funding was the proposal they submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in terms of what they want to do among farm workers.

(b) What was the objective for which the funds were provided:

The objective to which funds were provided was to enable BAWSI to implement the plan of empowering farm workers in the Western Cape which the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was happy with and had approved. Furthermore the objective was for BAWSI to assist DAFF in addressing issues raised in the damning human rights watch report on the appalling working conditions of farm workers in the Western Cape released in 2011.

(c) Which measuring instruments were used to determine if BAWSI achieved the objectives for which the funds were provided:

In terms of Service Level Agreement (SLA) signed between BAWSI and DAFF, BAWSI reports to DAFF on quarterly basis. The reports submitted indicate that BAWSI is indeed achieving the objectives for which the funds were provided. Such objectives include but are not limited to training and empowerment of farm workers, medical and legal support to farm workers were necessary promotion of the interest of farm workers mobilization of other role players who may provide support to farm workers liaison with government and private sector organisations on behalf of farm workers.

2. Whether she has found that the Governments objectives with the donation of funds to BAWSI were achieved through the organisations 'usage of the funds; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW984E

The SLA signed between BAWSI and DAFF is over a period of two years commencing in mid 2012. This means that the SLA is currently in force it will therefore be premature to conclude whether or not the objectives for which the funds were given have been met.

However it can be stated with certainly that thus far based on the reports submitted BAWSI is moving in the right directions. One other good role which BAWSI played well which has never been part of the SLA signed between DAFF and itself is how the NGO assisted in organising farm workers towards calmness and constructive engagements during the strikes which broke on the 1st November 2012.

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 747

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Mrs A. Steyn (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION

(a) How much of the R12 million allocate to the Langkloof disaster management fund in 2007 has been spent, (b) on what has it been spent, (c) how much additional money has been budgeted for the fund , (d) Where are the unspent funds being held and (e) what timetable has her department set to spend its allocated funds appropriately?NW955E

REPLY:

a) The funding request by the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to the National Treasury for the floods in Eastern and Western Cape Provinces in 2007 was not approved by National Treasury, hence no allocation has been made in this regard.

b) There has not been any expenditure to date because the funding request was not approved.

c) There is no additional money budgeted.

d) There are no unspent funds for the 2007 floods in question because the money was never allocated.

e) None, because there are no funds allocated

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 746

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Mrs A Steyn (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION

  1. Will she give an updated reply to subsection (2) of her reply to question 290 received on 12 March 2013?

2. What is the current status of each case? NW954E

REPLY

See updated table attached

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 745

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Dr W G James (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION

(1) What timeline has she set for the review of the poultry regulations by her department?

(2) Will these regulations be effected in the next 8 to 12 months? NW953E

REPLY

Question 1

1. What timeline has she set for the review of the poultry regulations by her department?

Response to Question 1

Total review of the whole poultry regulation is also underway.

Question 2

2. Will these regulations be effected in the next 8 to 12 months?

Response to Question 2

The department has published the draft poultry regulations amendment for national consultation/public comments in June 2012 (Notice No. R. 428 of 1 June 2012) with a closing date of 31 July 2012. Subsequent to that, the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) and the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) requested an extension of the closing date to the 30th September 2012. Comments were then incorporated and the revised draft was sent out for further consultation on the 14th December 2012 with a due date of the 18th January 2013. A workshop was then held for the further public consultation on the 28th February 2013.

Final incorporations and decisions are now being done and the next step is to notify the World Trade Organization (WTO) by publication of a notice thereof via relevant channels. The mandatory timeframe in this regard is 2-3 months period. The draft will then be finalized and be sent for Ministerial approval.

Upon publication of the final regulation in the government gazette, a minimum of 6 months period (as per the WTO-TBT recommendations/obligations) will be given before the regulation comes into effect in order to allow local producers and trading partners from other countries to comply with the new provisions of the poultry regulations.

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 628

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Mrs SP Kopane (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION:

1. How many claims were instituted against her department (a) in the (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09, (iii) 2009-10, (iv) 2010-11 and (v) 2011-12 financial years and (b) during the period 1 April 2012 up to the latest specified date for which information is available;

2. in respect of each specified financial year, (a) what amount was claimed, (b) how many claims were (i) finalised in court, (ii) settled out of court and (iii) are still outstanding and (c) what amount has been paid to each plaintiff in each case that was (i) finalised in court and (ii) settled out of court?

REPLY:

1. How many claims were instituted against her department?

1(a) in the

Year

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012 – to date

Number of claims

44

48

64

59

Please note that in some cases the Department abided to the decision of the court or some prescribed or were transferred to other Departments/Provinces or were removed from the roll.

2. In respect of each specified financial year,

2(a) What amount was claimed?

Year

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2013

Total

Amount claimed

R5 320 933.95

R2 395 384.31

R6 041 576.05

R2 456 069.69

R16 213 964.00

2(b) How many claims were?

Year

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2013

Finalised in court

9

11

5

4

Settled

4

5

4

6

Outstanding

2

4

12

9

2(c) What amount has been paid to each plaintiff in each case that was

Year

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2013

Finalised in court

R26 161.81

R1 500 000.00

R0.00

R0.00

Settlement amounts

R2 003 600.00

R1 212 357.17

R40 868.33

R115 498.85

Reply received: May 2013

QUESTION 620

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES:

Mrs A Steyn (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

QUESTION

(1) (a) How many applications in terms of the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act, Act 36 of 1947, have gone unprocessed for longer than four months (b) what are the reasons for the delay in each case and (c) what time frames has she set out to process the pending applications?

(2) How many experts has her department appointed to give technical advice (a) in (1) and (2) and (3) (2012) and (b) since 1 January 2013 NW778E

REPLY

1 (a) A total of 11617 applications for registration have been received to date, 8889 were evaluated and finalized in 2012/2013 financial year. Of the total number of applications received, 2197 registration have not been evaluated and 1365 of these are older than four months.

(b) Significantly higher number of applications of registration received.

(a)

(1) 2011 12

(2) 2012 37

(b) Since January 2013 0

Reply received: April 2013

Question 619

619. Mrs a Steyn (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

(a) Which trustees of the SA Wine Industry Trust (Sawit) has she (i) appointed or (ii) recommended for appointment, (b) to whom do Sawit's trustees report, (c) how do they report and (d) to whom does Sawit report on its (i) work and (ii) financing? NW777E

Reply

a) The Minister has not appointed any trustees to SAWIT.

b) The trustees report to the Board of the SAWIT Trust.

c) The trustees provide a report to the Board.

d) The Board of SAWIT reports on its work and financing to the National Agricultural Marketing Council. It should be noted that SAWIT is an independent, not-for-profit entity, and receives no funding from government or through statutory levies.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION 616:

MRS A STEYN (DA) TO ASK MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

Whether, with reference to the presentation of the Progress Report on the Implementation of Vulnerable Workers Summit Resolutions, her department has given any funds to the Black Association for the Agricultural Sector (Bawsi); if so, (a) when and (b) how much in each case? NW774E

REPLY:

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) recognized the vital role played by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the provision of services to vulnerable workers. The challenge was that there was no consolidated database on such non-governmental organizations. Hence the decision by DAFF to place an advertisement through national print media inviting NGOs, CBOs and Civil Society Organisations to register on DAFF's database. From this exercise BAWSI was identified as a human rights organisation working among farm workers in the WC. BAWSI advocates for the rights of vulnerable workers in the Western Cape. DAFF then entered into a signed two year service level agreement (SLA) with BAWSI. This was prompted by the release of a damning Human Rights Watch Report on the abuse of farm workers in the WC.

(a) Yes, DAFF gave BAWSI funds to facilitate interaction among stakeholders in order to address the plight of farm workers in the WC. The funds were transferred to BAWSI on the 8th October 2012.

(b) A sum of R4.1million was given to BAWSI as a once-off payment after the signing of an SLA. This occurred after DAFF had approved the work plan that outlined the expected deliverables of BAWSI over a two year period.