In view of her announcement on 1 October 2020 that 700 000 hectares of underutilised land which translated to 896 farms were to be redistributed, what (a) progress has been made in this regard and (b) steps has her department taken to ensure that the specified farms will not lay fallow and beneficiaries are assisted to start farming right away?
a) There are 1 535 farms amounting to 691 523 hectares of agricultural state land that were identified for redistribution of which currently a total of 1 421 farms amounting to 650 550 hectares translating to 91% have been approved for allocation to various categories of beneficiaries.
b) The support to these farmers with production inputs and other agricultural inputs will commence in the ...
1. With reference to her reply to question 798 on 24 March 2021, specifically with reference to the draft Animal Welfare Bill, (a) what are the reasons that her department did not (i) follow the parliamentary process of issuing a Green Paper, followed by a White Paper, enabling interested parties to give comments, suggestions and ideas regarding the draft Animal Welfare Bill and (ii) initiate a public participation process and (b) at what stage in the process does her department intend to do so;
(2) how has her department taken into account the welfare recommendations of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment High Level Panel regarding the management of lion, elephant, rhino and leopard, which was accepted by Cabinet;
(3) whether her department involved the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in the drafting of the draft Animal Welfare Bill; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details of such involvement;
(4) whether the National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has been involved in the drafting of the Animal Welfare Bill; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the full relevant details of such involvement and (b) which other animal welfare organisations have been involved in the drafting of the Animal Welfare Act?
(1) As responded to in March 2021, the proposed Animal Welfare Bill has not been introduced to Parliament due to reasons advanced in the response. The Bill is still in its infancy and currently only an internal departmental (DALRRD and Provincial Departments of Agriculture) document. The department will not extend the process of drafting the proposed Animal Welfare Bill as far back as Green ...
Whether she will provide the relevant details of contracted agents and/or middlemen with regard to a R1,2 billion intervention package; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(2) whether she is aware of inflated prices and that middlemen are charging 25% commission on the vouchers; if not, by what date will she institute an audit into the middlemen; if so, what steps has she taken in this regard?
1. Yes. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) had contracted two hundred and fifty-eight (258) suppliers with regards to intervention package through the Presidential Employment Stimulus Initiative (PESI) project. Farmers were also assisted in a form of vouchers up to a maximum of R 50 000.
2. No. DALRRD decided to put benchmark prices on all items that were in the ...
(1)Whether her department currently and optimally utilises the experience of the cohort of the attachés and/or foreign representatives who have recently returned from foreign postings; if not, why not; if so, what total number from the last cohort of attachés that returned from foreign posting in the past two to three years have been suitably placed in the new structure where they can impart the knowledge gained from foreign postings;
(2) what (a) are the qualifications of all the senior managers currently placed in positions after the integration process, (b) are the reasons persons with teaching and/or nursing qualifications are occupying senior positions in Corporate Services and (c) total number of senior managers (i) are placed in positions that they were initially recruited for and (ii) have been made redundant as a result of the integration?
1. Yes. Eight (8) Cohort of attachés have returned from foreign postings during the period 1 April 2018 until 30 July 2021. Seven (7) attachés have been suitable placed.
One (1) attaché did not complete her term of posting abroad and was recalled due to a court case she had with the head country for contravening national laws on employment (employment of an illegal ...
What is the (a) total number of veterinarians in her department based in KwaZulu-Natal and (b)(i) current vacancy rate and (ii) date on which her department intends to fill the vacant positions;
(1) what is the total number of veterinarians in each livestock unit of her department based in KwaZulu-Natal;
(2) whether her department has implemented the compulsory service; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;
(4) what were the (a) prevailing animal diseases during the past financial years in KwaZulu-Natal and (b) interventions by her department to treat them?
1. (a) The total number of veterinarians in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is sixteen (16).
(b) (i) The current vacant post is nine (09).
(ii) The Department is planning to recruit four (4) state veterinarians in the current financial year and then follows the next financial year.
2. One veterinarian in an average of 40 000 livestock unit.
3. The Department has implemented the Compulsory Community ...
What is the (a) total number of veterinarians in her department based in Gauteng and (b)(i) current vacancy rate and (ii) date on which her department intends to fill the vacant positions;
(2) what is the total number of veterinarians in each livestock unit of her department based in Gauteng;
(3) whether her department has implemented the compulsory service in Gauteng; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;
(4) what were the (a) prevailing animal diseases during the past financial year in Gauteng and (b) interventions by her department to treat them?
1. (a) The total number of veterinarians in the Gauteng is 28 permanent, 2 contract and 18 CCS veterinarians.
(b) (i) The current vacancy rate is 7%. There are 2 vacancies.
(ii) The two (02) vacant posts of veterinarians have been advertised, interviews conducted and appointment process is underway.
2. The number of mature veterinary livestock unit in Gauteng is 266294. With the veterinarians ...
What (a) is the process that is followed for foreign postings in her department and (b) are the qualifications required for the postings;
(2) whether the posts were advertised; if not, why not; if so, will she furnish Ms T M Mbabama with a copy of the advert that was posted for the postings;
(3) whether there is a policy for foreign placements; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how often is the policy supposed to be reviewed and (b) on what date was it last reviewed?
1. The Foreign Placement policy stipulates the process as follows:
(a) The vacant foreign posts are advertised, shortlisting is undertaken and interviews are conducted for final selection of candidates.
(b) The advertisement shall outline the inherent requirements such as academic qualifications as well as specific attributes as per the specific job evaluation specifications that are required for each post, in accordance with the foreign ...
Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1199 on 8 July 2020, (a) her department acted on the court order in the case of DRDLR vs Unlawful Occupiers of R/E & PTN 1 of Farm Nooitgedacht 11 JQ, case no. 7212/2017; if not, why not; if so, what (a) was the outcome of the eviction and (b) will she do to help Mr Rakgase to get rid of the illegal occupiers?
An order for eviction was granted by court on 15 October 2019. The Department did not act on the order because it had not yet received the Court order from the State Attorney. The delay was caused by the fact that after matters are finalised at High Court Registry files are taken and stored somewhere.
(b)The Court order was received on 30 September 2021. ...
Whether, given reports that the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal in July 2021 resulted in the destruction of sugar cane from small-scale farmers, causing such cane to be subsequently rejected by mills, her department has undertaken any steps to ascertain the impact of the July 2021 civil unrest on agricultural communities involved in sugar cane farming in KwaZulu-Natal; if not, why not; if so, what (a) were the findings and (b) steps will her department take to ensure that affected small-scale sugar cane farmers receive support to enable them to survive the impact of the unrest on their farming operations?
a) The sugarcane industry is regulated by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and they have assessed the damage. Initial assessments have been undertaken and further information was also requested from the industry.
b) All those industries which were affected by the unrests will apply to the Sasria Insurance and National Empowerment Fund (NEF).
Whether she will provide detailed reasons for the failure of agri-parks in each province across the Republic; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(2) whether any persons were charged with corruption in relation to the failure of agri-parks; if not, why not; if so, what total number of persons were charged;
(3) whether any persons were charged due to maladministration and incompetence in relation to the failure of agri-parks; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what (a) corrective human resources are in place to change the situation and (b) timelines are in place to ensure that (i) charges against corrupt officials are brought forth and (ii) corrective human resources are implemented for those found to be incompetent?
1. No. The Agri-Parks programme was conceptualised to be implemented through its defined three legs as outlined in the programme simultaneously. An Agri-park comprises three distinct but interrelated basic components:
- The Farmer Production Support Unit (FPSU): A rural small-holder farmer outreach and capacity building unit that links with farmers and markets. The FPSU does primary collection, some storage, some processing for the local ...