2020-w1237 - 28 July 2020

Mogamad Ganief Ebrahim Hendricks to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether she can intervene in the concerns of a community of Schauderville in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on the complaints of health hazards caused by sewerage water emanating from a vandalised swimming pool at a certain site (name furnished) close to the Frank Joubert Primary School exposing children to the dangers of the health hazard and criminal activities over the past 20 years; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department monitors provincial governments when they appoint the services of local qualified and competent contractors from the communities to fix or replace sewerage lines and stormwater lines; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether she has been informed that the soil at the specified site contains items of relics dating back to the 1800s; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1603E

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 28 Jul 2020

(1) Yes. The sewage spillage was not coming from the abandoned swimming pool, but from a leaking bulk sewer line located in the valley nearby. The bulk sewer line has since beenfixed and the spillage cleared.

(2) No. In this regard, provincial governments are not responsible for fixing or replacing sewerage lines and stormwater lines. In this case, sewer blockages are cleared by the ...

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2020-w1411 - 28 July 2020

Denis Joseph to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)(a) On what date was the first Council of Traditional Leaders established, (b) what number of leaders serve on the council, (c) what are the criteria for the traditional groups and/or leaders represented on the council, (d) on what date was the last election held, (e) what is the term of the council and (f) on what date will the next election take place; (2) whether it is necessary to restructure the council due to the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act, Act 3 of 2019, signed by the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, in December 2019? NW1782E

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 28 Jul 2020

(1)(a) The first Council of Traditional Leaders was established on 18 April 1997 in terms of the Council of Traditional Leaders Act, 1997 (Act 10 of 1997) which was repealed by the National House of Traditional Leaders Act, 2009 (Act 22 of 2009)(the Act).

(b) Twenty three (23) Senior Traditional Leaders serve in the National House of Traditional Leaders ...

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2020-w1333 - 28 July 2020

Natasha Wendy Anita Mazzone to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

What (a) total number of cases of illegal invasion of land owned by her department was recorded by her department in each (i) province and (ii) of the past five financial years, (b) is the current status of occupation, (c) total number of persons are currently occupying the land and (d) steps has her department taken to remedy the situation in each specified case?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 28 Jul 2020

a) The Department of Cooperative Governance does not own land

b) Not applicable

c) Not applicable

d) Not applicable

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2020-w1214 - 19 June 2020

Gizella Opperman to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What are the reasons that informed the decision to declare Covid-19 a national disaster instead of a provincial or local disaster; (2) what data was used to classify the disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act, Act 57 of 2002? NW1519E

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 19 Jun 2020

The reasons that informed the decision to declare COVID 19 a National disaster will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as the detailed information is available.

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2020-w1057 - 19 June 2020

Ignatius Michael Groenewald to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Whether, with reference to the fact that most municipalities do not apply the principle of no-work-no-pay, resulting in unprotected illegal strikes, the Government engaged with the trade unions to protect the taxpayers and ensure that they receive value for money for taxes and rates that they pay by allowing municipal employees to rather claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 in line with other citizens who are on a no-work-no-pay arrangement; 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 19 Jun 2020

The most relevant department to respond to the question on labour related enquiries is the Department of Employment and Labour.

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2020-w1216 - 19 June 2020

Gizella Opperman to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether she has been informed about the allegations that expert scientific advice is ignored when determining regulations for each alert level in the fight to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the (a) details of the scientific evidence that is considered when determining regulations regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and (b) further relevant details; (2) what method is used to determine the causal link between existing interventions and the current infection and death rate statistics; (3) what are the reasons that (a) recoveries and (b) deaths continue to be factored into the calculation of the risk of exposure to Covid-19; (4) what (a) is the legal authority and constitutional and statutory justification and (b) are the decision making powers of the National, Provincial and Local Command Councils?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 19 Jun 2020

The information related to COVID 19 recoveries and death rate statistics requested by the Honourable Member is accessible in the department of health, therefore the information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as the information is available to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

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2020-w1055 - 19 June 2020

Zakhele Njabulo Mbhele to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)What total number of submissions did the Government receive (a)(i) in support of lifting the prohibition on tobacco products sales during the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 and (ii) what were the main points of motivation and/or rationale advanced for the support and (b)(i) in opposition to lifting the prohibition on tobacco products sales during the national lockdown and (ii) what were the main points of motivation and/or rationale advanced; (2) whether she will furnish Mr Z N Mbhele with copies of all submissions as an annexure?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 19 Jun 2020

The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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2020-w1056 - 19 June 2020

Zakhele Njabulo Mbhele to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)With reference to her assertion that the sale and use of tobacco products is associated with increased risk of the spread of SARS-CoV-2, which she used to justify the prohibition of tobacco product sales, what is the scientific rationale and empirical basis for the prohibition; (2) whether she and/or her department assessed the countervailing hypothesis that nicotine actually minimises the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, as suggested by data showing a disproportionate under-representation of habitual smokers in infection cases; if not, why not; if so, what conclusions have been drawn in this regard? NW1346E

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 19 Jun 2020

A detailed information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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2020-w991 - 19 June 2020

Wayne Maxim Thring to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

At what alert level will the employees of religious organisations be able to resume their weekday administrative duties, as well as financial and compliance functions from the office, including but not limited to the payment of salaries, essential information technology support, the co-ordination of feeding schemes and essential building maintenance, subject to the observance of standard hygiene and health protocols that would apply as in any other workplace?

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 19 Jun 2020

According to Disaster Management Act , 2002: (Act No 57 of 2002) Determination of Alert Levels and Hotspots, “movement of persons 33 (1) a person may leave his / her place of residence to – (a) perform any service as permitted under Alert Level 3, (b) travel to and from work.

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2020-w1139 - 19 June 2020

Ignatius Michael Groenewald to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(1)Whether her department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered;

Reply from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 19 Jun 2020

The information will be submitted to the Honourable Member as soon as it is available.

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