2021-w1849 - 04 November 2021

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether the commissioners in his Office signed performance agreements; if not, (a) what are the reasons that they did not sign performance agreements and (b) how is their performance assessed and/or measured; if so, (i) how often are the performance agreements signed and (ii) with whom do they sign the performance agreements?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 4 Nov 2021

a) The National Planning Commission (NPC) functions as an independent think tank and an advisory body to the Presidency. It is administratively supported through the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evalaution (DPME), and the Minister in the Presidency responsible for DPME acts as the Chairperson of the NPC, and signs a performance agreement with the President which includes the Commission’s deliverables. As such, the ...

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2021-w1980 - 28 October 2021

Emma Louise Powell to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether he will furnish Ms EL Powell with (a) copies of the contracts of all Public – Private Partnerships concluded, (b) details of any service providers contracted by the Government and (c) time frames for the completion of the 50 Startegic intergrated projects and 12 special projects that were gazetted in July 2020 that have been prioritized for the immediate implementation with all regulatory processes fast-tracked and enabling over R 340 billion in new investment which the President, Mr MC Ramaphosa, announced when he addressed Parliament on 15 October 2020?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 28 Oct 2021

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are an important delivery mechanism to accelerate infrastructure investments into the country. As such, the National Treasury has the core responsibility to regulate PPPs in the country. The central legislation governing the PPPs for National and Provincial Government is Treasury Regulation 16 to the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (PFMA).

Treasury Regulation 16.3.1 (a) is clear in its guidance that ...

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2021-w2017 - 20 October 2021

Joseph Job McGluwa to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)What are the details of the (a) commitments made by stakeholders during a meeting held with the Security Cluster pertaining to the reports of racial tensions in areas such as Phoenix in Durban during the unrest in July 2021 and (b) stakeholders who have attended the specified meeting to resolve racial tensions; (2) whether there is any intention to have a follow-up meeting; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 20 Oct 2021

(1)(a) It is unknown which Security Cluster Meeting is being referred to in this parliamentary question given that many meetings were held pertaining to the reports of racial tensions in areas such as Phoenix in Durban during the unrest in July 2021.

However, government is determined to address racial tension and concrete steps taken include the following:

  • A task team has been established to ...
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2021-w590 - 25 June 2021

Zandile Majozi to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether she has been informed of a high-level operation in which powerful politicians are using state organs in an attempt to harm Independent Media and its major shareholder, Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, thereby posing a threat to media freedom (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what is her department’s position on the matter? NW646E.

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 25 Jun 2021

The GCIS is not aware of any operation to harm the Independent Media Group and its major shareholder Sekunjalo Investment Holdings. The department is obliged in terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to treat all media fairly.

Thank You.

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2021-w1278 - 25 June 2021

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)Whether, with respect to the moratorium placed on filling vacancies pending the reconfiguration of Brand SA, SA Tourism and Invest South Africa, the moratorium was placed on all three entities or only on Brand SA; if the moratorium was placed only on Brand SA, what were the reasons; (2) whether there are plans in place to lift the moratorium in order to allow for the filling of critical posts at an executive level in the specified entities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 25 Jun 2021

1. I can only be able to respond on the Brand SA which is under my authority. The temporary moratorium was put in place, whilst the work assigned towards establishing an effective and streamlined entity out of the three mentioned entities. The mentioned entities will drive an international marketing programme of the country.

2. Whether there are plans in place to lift the moratorium ...

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2021-w679 - 25 June 2021

Leonard Jones Basson to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether (a) her Office and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 25 Jun 2021

  • None of the two Entities (Brand SA and MDDA) use private security.

Thank you.

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2021-w940 - 25 June 2021

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)Whether, in view of the performance agreements that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, signed and concluded with the various Ministers, a framework has been developed to manage the performance of the Ministers; if not, why not; if so, was the framework approved by Cabinet; (2) how often will the President review and assess the performance of the various Ministers; (3) whether her Office will upload the performance reviews and assessments on its website, in an effort to promote accountability and transparency on the part of the Executive; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) (a) how will the Deputy Ministers be reviewed and assessed and (b) will the President conclude performance agreements with the Deputy Ministers as well?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 25 Jun 2021

(1) Yes, a framework was developed.

(2) The President will perform reviews annually considering performance score cards developed by DPME. DPME will also submit Mid-Year reports concerning progress in the implementation of the Annual Performance Plans (APP’s) of Departments. This will serve as early warning systems to identify areas that are lagging behind against the targets set in the APP.

(3) The Mid-Year performance ...

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2021-w714 - 21 June 2021

Mmoba Solomon Malatsi to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1) What are the details of the number of paid-for interviews the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) aired on community radio stations in each province since 1 January 2020; (2) what was the (a) date of the interview, (b) name of the community radio station the interview was aired, (c) name of the person(s) who appeared on the interview and (d) cost of airing the interview in each case; (3) whether the GCIS (a) paid for and/or (b) promoted interviews conducted with any person who is not an employee of any national, provincial or local government department or entity in the specified period; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the full relevant details in each case?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 21 Jun 2021

1. Community Radio remains one of the most effective mediums made use of by the GCIS Provincial and District offices for conveying messages and information, especially in very remote and deep rural areas. These platforms are enjoying a good listenership from their respective communities.

GCIS implemented 296 paid for radio interviews or talk shows during the period under review to unpack government communication and programmes ...

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2021-w971 - 16 April 2021

Mmoba Solomon Malatsi to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With reference to (a) each of the past seven financial years and (b) the 2021-22 financial year, what (i) are the names of the brand agencies contracted to Brand South Africa, (ii) was the total value of each contract in respect of each project and (iii) was the (aa) name and (bb) duration of each project?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 16 Apr 2021

  1. The spreadsheet is herewith attached detailing the requested information.

Thank you.

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2021-w545 - 16 April 2021

Mmoba Solomon Malatsi to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What (a) are the names of the companies contracted to provide (i) masks, (ii) sanitisers and (iii) disinfecting and/or fogging services at the (aa) Union Buildings, (bb) Office of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, (cc) Brand South Africa offices both local and abroad and (dd) Statistics South Africa in the period 1 March 2020 to 15 February 2021 and (b) is the value in rand of each contract?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 16 Apr 2021

(aa) Union Buildings

The Presidency did not enter into a contract with any supplier for the above-mentioned items, however this items were sourced through once off procurement which was a combination of over the counter procurement and request for quotation through Central Supplier Database (CSD).

(bb) Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

See attached separate reply by DPME

(cc) Brand ...

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