2028-w477 - 29 March 2028

Deidre Carter to ask the President of the Republic

Whether, given that executive political office bearers of the State change from time to time, he would make a policy directive to end the practice of adorning government buildings with portraits of the President, Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the respective departments and that the Coat of Arms of the Republic is utilised instead?

Reply from the President of the Republic on 29 Mar 2028

The suggestion will certainly be given consideration. The views of various stakeholders will be sought.

Among others, this will include the Government Communications and Information System and State Protocol, who produces guidelines for the display of portraits of members of the executive in government buildings.

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2027-w3743 - 12 December 2027

Pebane George Moteka to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation

(1) Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her procured services from a certain company (name furnished); if so, (i) what services were procured in each case and (ii) what is the total amount that was paid to the specified company in each case; (2) whether the specified company provided services related to international travel to (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her; if so, (i) what is the name of each person who travelled, (ii) what was the travel route and (iii) what is the total amount that was paid for each person?

Reply from the Minister of Sport and Recreation on 12 Dec 2027

The last time the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa utilized the services of the said company was in the 2007/08 financial year. During that financial year the Department had paid an amout of R7 015 183-92, with outstanding invoices amounting to R1 461 324-69 being settled the following finacial year.

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2027-w1633 - 27 June 2027

Mbulelo Richmond Bara to ask the Minister of Higher Education and Training

What amount has each public (a) university and (b) technical and vocational education and training college spent on security services in each of the past ten financial years?

Reply from the Minister of Higher Education and Training on 27 Jun 2027

The Department does not keep records of detailed expenditure information for universities or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. This information is not included in the annual reports submitted to the Department.

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DIRECTOR – GENERAL

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QUESTION 1633 APPROVED/NOT APPROVED/AMENDED

Dr BE NZIMANDE, MP

MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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2027-w932 - 05 May 2027

Fikile Zachariah Majola to ask the Minister of Public Service and Administration

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to him; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) Have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply from the Minister of Public Service and Administration on 5 May 2027

DPSA

  1. The Department of Public Service and Administration (a) does not have a chief executive officer position, (b) the chief financial officer position is filled (c) does not have a chief operating officer position
  2. N/A
  3. N/A

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (PSC)

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent Constitutional body, and its budget is appropriated via the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

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2027-w585 - 11 April 2027

Deidre Carter to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

(1)With reference to SA Express’ frequent use in 2016 of chartered planes provided by Solenta Aviation and SKA Aircraft Leasing amongst others to cover its route between (a) Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, (b) George and Johannesburg and (c) Kimberley and Johannesburg, what is the total amount of chartering a flight to cover an ordinary route that is supposed to be operated by SA Express; (2) Whether there is a service level agreement in place between SA Express and the specified companies; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Public Enterprises on 11 Apr 2027

(1)

Solenta:

1a)

SKA:

1a)

1c)

1b)

(2) Yes there are contracts in place for both entities and the SLA’s are contained in both contracts.

Solenta: Contract Period: 01 Feb 2017 to 31 July 2017

SKA: Contract Period: 06 December 2016 to 31 March 2017

Mogokare Richard Seleke Lynne Brown, MP

Director-General Minister of Public Enterprises

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2022-w1687 - 27 May 2022

Phiwaba Madokwe to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

In light of the recent results of the Fraser Institute's Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2021, wherein the Republic was ranked as the world’s 10th least attractive mining destination, what (a) has he found to have been the reasons to influence this and (b) steps will be taken by his department to guarantee that the mining industry in the Republic remains lucrative and appealing to investors?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 27 May 2022

The Department gazetted the Exploration Strategy recently and key areas of influence were identified. Government and social partners will address these to improve the country’s investment attractiveness within the next five years.

There are logistical (rail and freight), regulatory (water and environmental licensing) and security challenges which fall outside the mandate of the DMRE.

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2022-w1698 - 27 May 2022

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

What are the (a) reasons that mining communities such as (i) Sasolburg, (ii) Secunda, (iii) Witbank and (iv) Rustenburg are still largely underdeveloped after so many years of mining activities on their shores and (b) consequences for the mining houses that have failed to fulfil their responsibilities toward the specified communities?

Reply from the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy on 27 May 2022

a) Although Social economic development is the constitutional mandate of the Local Government, mining companies have to also contribute to the socio-economic development of the area they are operating through Social and Labour Plans. Mining companies around those areas have committed to contribute to the socio-economic development of the area in line with the IDPs of the municipalities.

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2022-w1482 - 26 May 2022

Chantel King to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Whether Higher Health has released the regulations on COVID-19 protocol in the Post School Education and Training sector, considering the forced mandatory vaccination policy of some institutions; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation on 26 May 2022

HIGHER HEALTH, with support from its Technical Scientific Team, the Department of Health and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), has developed a comprehensive and clear set of PSET guidelines and protocols on managing COVID-19 in the sector which were formally released by the Minister of Higher Education, Training, Science and Innovation since 30 April 2020.  One of these guidelines is the GUIDELINE ...

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2022-w1453 - 26 May 2022

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

In light of the fact that once a child turns 18, they no longer qualify for a child support grant and foster care grant, unless still enrolled in schooling, what is the total number of youth who previously received a child support grant and foster care grant in the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2022, who have been awarded a National Student Financial Aid Scheme bursary in each tertiary institution?

Reply from the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation on 26 May 2022

The tables below provide an overview of the number of new applications, where the applicant was a SASSA beneficiary in the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2022, that were funded by NSFAS, per academic year and institution. The information has been provided per education sector (University or TVET College).

Universities:

TVET Colleges:

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2022-w1481 - 26 May 2022

Chantel King to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

(a) Which courses offered by the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) are not accredited, (b) what are the outcomes of deliberations between the WSU and the Council on Higher Education on the issue of accreditation and (c) which other institutions of higher learning have challenges with accreditation of courses they offer?

Reply from the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation on 26 May 2022

(a)    There are five programmes being offered at the institution, which are continuations of legacy qualifications which were formally accredited as aligned to the Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF). These are:

  • Advanced Diploma in Internal Auditing; 
  • Advanced Diploma in Journalism; 
  • BSc Honours in Zoology; 
  • Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology; and
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Chemical Pathology. 

It should be noted that in 2013, a ...

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