2021-w1064 - 21 May 2021

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

In view of the Auditor-General (AG) report, wherein the AG states that supply chain management in his department is regressing, what steps will be taken against management who do not have the correct understanding and incorrectly interpreted the requirements of Treasury regulations and preferential procurement policy

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 21 May 2021

The Department is in a process of arranging training with the National School of Government for all senior managers and the induction workshop on Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes will be presented to all staff.

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2021-w1065 - 21 May 2021

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

Whether he has found that all the museums (a) under his department and (b) in the provinces have qualified curators; if not, what are the (i) names of the museums that do not and (ii) reasons for this; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 21 May 2021

(a). All Entities under the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture have qualified Curators.

(i) n/a

(ii) n/a

 

 

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2020-w1553 - 29 July 2020

Brian Sindile Madlingozi to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

What is the department of Arts and Culture doing to safeguard unsuspecting rural families being exploited by television productions companies like the ISIBAYA telenovela producing company, which took pictures of the NDLOVU family house in MSINGA and gave the now deceased lady of the house R500 and use them to promote their television show? Are there any measures in place to protect these families? If not, why not?NW1929E

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 29 Jul 2020

There are many individual contracts between private parties that are not necessarily brought to the attention of the Department. However, government is currently in the process of changing the existing legislative regime to fight the exploitation of the creatives; and levelling the playing field.

These two pieces of legislation that are currently being reviewed are the Copyright Amendment Bill(CAB) and the Performers Protection Amendment ...

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2020-w799 - 25 May 2020

Willem Frederik Faber to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) Whether his department has taken any steps to implement his announcement that playhouses will be made available for artists to perform live streaming activities; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the playhouses will be involved in creating online platforms; if so, how will it be put in practice as the sector does not render an essential service; (3) whether any partnerships have been forged with the SA Broadcasting Corporation to televise performances in addition to live streaming?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 25 May 2020

1. Yes. The Directive was gazetted. The Director General had a meeting with the CEOs of Performing Arts Institutions and the legal team on the 9th May 2020 to address implementation.

2. Yes, if they have their own content or projects they need to implement. They will bring these to the attention of the Department; some have done so already, for consideration and inclusion ...

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2020-w707 - 18 May 2020

Brian Sindile Madlingozi to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

With reference to the national address of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, on Tuesday, 21 April 2020, on the R500 billion rescue package in which forms of support have been extended to artists during the lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 without providing an amount that will be allocated to artists from the R500 billion lump sum, what (a) total amount was set aside for the entire Arts segment and (b) amount will be allocated to each sector within the Arts segment?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 18 May 2020

a) The total amount set aside for the arts segment in the R500 billion rescue package has not been determined, however, the Department recently finalised its budget needs for consideration to be part of the rescue package

b) See (a) above

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2020-w691 - 18 May 2020

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) What is the total cost of the litigation and/or legal fees for the National Library of South Africa during the period 1 January 2017 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) what is the legal cost for each labour dispute and/or matter defended; (3) what are the relevant details of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) award on the CCMA matter of a certain person (name and details furnished); (4) (a) what was the outcome of the CCMA case against a certain person (name furnished) from the National Library of South Africa of whom the Board reported in November 2019 that the matter was resolved, (b) how was the specified matter resolved and (c) what total amount in legal fees was involved? NW893E

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 18 May 2020

1. Litigation costs from 1 January 2017 to date are as follows:

Year

Amount

2017

R 71, 383.70

2018

R 1, 807, 468.98

2019

R 2, 314, 626.18

2020

R 3, 901, 436.20

Total

R 8, 094, 915.15

 

2. The legal cost for each labour dispute are as follows:

Year

Litigation

Amount in Rands

October 2018 - September 2019

NLSA vs Executive Director: ...

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2020-w692 - 18 May 2020

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) Whether the National Library of South Africa took disciplinary steps against a certain person (name and details furnished) who was found by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to have colluded with a subordinate to charge a certain person (name furnished) with unfounded allegations; if not, why not; if so, what steps; (2) whether he has found that the specified person wasted the institution’s money by allegedly pushing a personal vendetta; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether the Board has taken any steps against the person; if not, why not; if so, what steps; (4) whether the person’s contract will be extended for three years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, upon what recommendation?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 18 May 2020

1. No disciplinary action was taken.

2. No action was taken against anyone in this regards. The Board noted the specific comments made by the Presiding Officer as they could not be substantiated.

3. No action has been taken against anyone, as indicated above. This matter was handled as a result of a grievance lodged by staff and management felt that there was no ...

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2020-w749 - 18 May 2020

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) Whether a certain person (name furnished) is suing the National Library of South Africa (NLSA); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a)(i) what is the lawsuit for and (ii) what is the total amount the lawsuit claims and (b) what has been the progress in the matter; (2) whether the lawyer of the NLSA admitted to the accusations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why is the NLSA wasting time and state money in defending this matter; (3) whether the lawyer of the NLSA withdrew from the matter after the evidence has been submitted; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 18 May 2020

1. Yes, the person is suing the National Library of South Africa

(a)(i) The lawsuit is for alleged defamation of character

(ii) R 10 million

(b) The matter is at the High Court awaiting a trial date.

2. The NLSA accepted the summons and are defending the matter.

3. In light of the above, the lawyer has not withdrawn and is still the NLSA’s ...

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2020-w750 - 18 May 2020

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(1) Whether a certain person (name furnished) was dismissed by the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) on serious allegations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what were the allegations, (b) for how long has the specified person been at home receiving a salary and (c) was someone paid an acting allowance in the position; (2) whether the person was reinstated; if so, (a) on what grounds, (b) what are the reasons that the NLSA did not challenge the matter and (c) what total amount has the case cost the NLSA; (3) whether the institution is facing any law suits in respect of the specified person; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 18 May 2020

1. Yes, the staff member was dismissed on 7 August 2019. The staff member appealed the decision and it was ruled in the staff member’s favour.

(a) Allegations include acts of sexual harassment, victimisation and intimidation.

(b) Six months

(c) Yes

2. Yes, the person was reinstated

(a) The person was reinstated as a result of the outcome of the appeal

(b) The NLSA ...

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2020-w708 - 18 May 2020

Brian Sindile Madlingozi to ask the Minister of Arts and Culture

(a) Why did his department decide to use a certain federation (name furnished) that claims to represent artists, to manage the distribution of monies to deserving artists, (b) what was the criteria his department used to select the specified federation and (c) how will he ensure that the money in the fund gets to the artists?

Reply from the Minister of Arts and Culture on 18 May 2020

a) The Department is not using the said federation to manage the distribution of funds to artists

b) and (c) falls off, as the Department is not using the federation

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