2023-w4171 - 12 December 2023

Sbuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether her department is responsible for maintaining a record of the relevant details relating to the number of employees who are currently suspended with pay in each municipality across the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 12 Dec 2023

No. The Department is not responsible for maintaining a record of employees in municipalities who are suspended with or without pay.

The powers to appoint municipal personnel and to institute disciplinary proceedings, including suspensions and conditions of suspensions, are vested in municipal councils.

Therefore, the record of suspended municipal personnel are kept by municipalities in their capacity as employers.

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2023-w3877 - 12 December 2023

Nosipho Makamba-Botya to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) steps has she taken to empower headmen to be more effective in their communities and (b) tools of trade are they provided with, since they are regarded as office bearers?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 12 Dec 2023

a) In relation to training and empowerment of headmen/women, there are those coordinated by the National Department of Traditional Affairs (DTA) and individual Provincial CoGTA Departments. During the 2021/22 financial year, the DTA in partnership with LGSETA coordinated training of four hundred and forty-one (441) Traditional and Khoisan Leaders (inclusive of headmen/women) on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act 2019, Act No. 3 of ...

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2023-w4082 - 11 December 2023

Jacobus Frederik Smalle to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) financial assistance has her department given to each province for (i) fire disaster, (ii) drought relief and (iii) flooding for the (aa) 2020-21, (bb) 2021-22 and (cc) 2022-23 financial years, (b) what total number of applications for assistance was (i) received and (ii) granted, (c) for what monitory value in each financial year and (d) what method and/or criteria does her department use to support the applications?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 11 Dec 2023

a) (i) There were no allocations and transfers for fire incidents in 2020-21, 2021-2 and 2022-23

(aa) The department supported affected organs of state by transferring an amount of R138 million from the Provincial Disaster Response Grant during the 2020/2021 financial year to seven provinces to mitigate the effects of drought.

Province

Allocation R'000

Date funds transferred

 

Hazard

1. Eastern Cape

R 35 000 ...

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2023-w4101 - 11 December 2023

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What preparations has her department put in place across the country in light of the severe weather warnings of tornados and thunderstorms predicted for the upcoming summer months?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 11 Dec 2023

The NDMC in collaboration with the SA Weather Service prepares a summer seasonal weather outlook that provides a future prediction of possible severe weather conditions, this encompasses a hazard prediction for flooding, areas of above average temperature, windstorms, drought, and fire. These hazard outlooks are in recognition of the predicted weather conditions for the summer period.

The NDMC uses this forecast to prepare summer ...

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2023-w4026 - 11 December 2023

Sbuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether she is responsible for putting functional measures in place in municipalities to combat intimidation and abuse faced by municipal workers who report and/or attempt to report corruption and maladministration in municipalities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what functional measures has been put in place?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 11 Dec 2023

Protection for whistleblowers, including municipal employees and councillors who report allegations of corruption, maladministration and related offences at municipalities is provided by the Protected Disclosures Act, 2000 (Act No. 26 of 2000) (“the PDA”). The PDA was primarily enacted to provide for procedures in terms of which employees in both the private and the public sector may disclose information regarding unlawful or irregular conduct ...

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2023-w3866 - 11 December 2023

Teboho Loate to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether her department, subsequent to the issuing of regulations in 2007 in respect of the minimum competencies of senior managers in local government, has now fully ensured that the specified goal was met, to counter the criticism of the Report of the National Planning Commission (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what total percentage of senior managers in local government presently meet the qualification criteria; (2) What progress has her department made in providing the framework in local government for the creation of a skilled and/or professional public service to enhance the highest quality service delivery in local government

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 11 Dec 2023

1. The Municipal Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels, 2007 (Government Gazette No. 29967 of 15 June 2007) were promulgated in terms of section 168 of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act No. 56 of 2003). The Regulations are administered by the National Treasury, and therefore any details pertaining to progress in achieving the specified goals should be obtained directly from the ...

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2023-w3903 - 11 December 2023

Anna Maria Van Zyl to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 2204 on 19 June 2023 that the Joe Gqabi District Municipality has no firefighting vehicles for structural, mountainous, veld and/or hazmat fires, her department has plans in place to assist the municipality with firefighting vehicles, if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the plans and timeframes of the envisioned assistance to the Joe Gqabi District Municipality?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 11 Dec 2023

The NDMC Fire Services Directorate, in its attempt to reposition fire services in the country is working closely with the Eastern Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre in improving capacity within the province to provide a sustainable Fire Services within the Eastern Cape Province, which includes the Joe Gqabi District Municipality. In May 2023 a functionality assessment was performed by the Eastern Cape Provincial Disaster ...

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2023-w3875 - 11 December 2023

Eugene Mthethwa to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

With reference to the report of the Auditor-General of South Africa on municipal audits, what steps has she taken to mitigate against the deteriorating service delivery of poor performing municipalities with adverse audit reports?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 11 Dec 2023

Poor service delivery can be attributed to various factors including financial liquidity challenges; inadequate allocation of financial resources for infrastructure development; poor contract management; and poor maintenance of infrastructure. Additionally, corruption, poor governance and political infights and/or disagreements distract priorities and delivery of services within municipalities.

Addressing these issues require a comprehensive approach involving improved governance; effective municipal leadership; collaboration with strategic partners within ...

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2023-w4059 - 07 December 2023

Eleanore Rochelle Jacquelene Spies to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether she and/or her department guides the processes of Valuation Appeal Boards; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how many members does the Ekhurhuleni Valuation Appeal Board (a) comprise of and (b) are needed to constitute a quorum; (2) with regard to the Board attending to hearings on a one-month-on and-one-month-off basis, how many hearings (a) have been concluded so far and (b) still has to be conducted; (3) how many applications for appeal with regard to valuation rates (V.R.) during 2017/2021, (a) succeeded to have the ratable property values reduced and (b) how many ratable property values increased; (4) in respect of appeal applications for V.R. 2021/2025, (a) have the ratable property values reduced and (b) how many ratable property values were increased?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 7 Dec 2023

1. The relevant sections of the Municipal Property Rates Act (MPRA) contain sufficient provisions that guides how the MECs responsible for local government establish Valuation Appeal Boards (VABs) and what constitute a quorum for a VAB. In this regard, sections 56 and 58 outline how VABs are established and composed, section 64 provides for appointment of alternate members of a VAB and section 68 ...

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2023-w3350 - 07 December 2023

Jacobus Frederik Smalle to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Are there any memorandums of understanding or service level agreements in place between her department and private rescue centres; if so, what (a) financial support does her department offer and (b) financial assistance was awarded to which private rescue group in 2022; (2) is there a memorandum of understanding between International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and her department; if so, what are the terms of reference?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 7 Dec 2023

  1. There are no memorandums of understanding or service level agreements in place between the Department of Cooperative Governance – NDMC and private rescue centres.
  2. No, there is no memorandum of understanding between International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and the department.

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