2019-w1407 - 06 December 2019

Robert Alfred Lees to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to (a) certain items (details furnished) in the period 1 April 2017 up to 31 March 2018 and (b) certain other items (details furnished) in the period 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018 on the Schedule of Specialised Audit Services’ Investigations and Performance Audits dated 26 October 2018 received from the National Treasury, in each case, what are the details of the (i) purpose of each investigation and audit and (ii)(aa) findings and (bb) recommendations?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 6 Dec 2019

(i) The details of purpose of investigation or specialised performance audit conducted is reflected as the title of each report, as listed in Annexure A of Parliamentary Question 3072, dated 26 October 2018, as attached.

(ii) (aa) The details of findings are contained in the detailed reports of the organ of state concern and should be required from the relevant organisation.

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2019-w1274 - 03 December 2019

Nyiko Floyd Shivambu to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether a certain person (name furnished) is an employee of a certain company (name furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what date was he employed, (b) was the position advertised and (c) on what date was the post advertised; (2) whether the board of the specified company played any role in the appointment of the specified person; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what role did the board play and (b) will he furnish Mr N F Shivambu with the minutes of the board deliberations and decisions?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 3 Dec 2019

1. The certain person (name furnished) is an employee of a certain company (name furnished) within the Corporate Affairs Department. He was first employed as a Consultant from 01 August 2016 to March 2018. He was appointed as an Investor Relations Specialist on 02 April 2018. The position was advertised internally on the 7th of March 2018.

The certain person (name furnished) was seconded ...

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2019-w1362 - 25 November 2019

Michael Bagraim to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether the National Treasury did business with certain (a) persons, (b) companies and (c) trusts (names and details attached) (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019; if so, (aa) on what date(s) did the National Treasury do business with the specified persons, companies and trusts and (bb) what was the (aaa) nature and (bbb) monetary value of each business arrangement?

2019-w1408 - 25 November 2019

Robert Alfred Lees to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to (a) certain items (details furnished) during the period 1 April 2017 up to 31 March 2018 and (b) another certain other item (details furnished) during the period 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018 on the Schedule of Specialised Audit Services’ Investigations and Performance Audits dated 26 October 2018 received from the National Treasury, in each case, what are the details of the (i) purpose of each investigation and audit and (ii)(aa) findings and (bb) recommendations?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 25 Nov 2019

QUESTION NUMBER: 3072 [NW3436E]

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26 OCTOBER 2018

OFFICE OF ACCOUNTANT-GENERAL: Specialised Audit Services’ Investigations and performance audits

Reporting Period: 1 April 2017 until 30 September 2018

No

Nature of assignment

Organ of state

Report title

Period completion

(i) Financial Year: 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2018

1.

Forensic Investigation

Richmond Municipality

Supply Chain Management Irregularities

June 2017 ...

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2019-w1401 - 25 November 2019

Geordin Gwyn Hill-Lewis to ask the Minister of Finance

In view of his reply to question 934 on 9 October 2019, (a) what then is the justification of retaining the e-tolls project and (b) why is the fact that there is no money owed that is directly ascribable to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement District not supported by abolishing e-tolls?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 25 Nov 2019

As explained in the reply to question 934, financing the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) is done on a corporate finance basis and not a project finance basis. Borrowing for toll roads are done on the basis that there is a revenue stream to finance the debt. A significant portion of the South African National Roads Agency’s existing debt was to finance the ...

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2019-w1526 - 25 November 2019

Emma Louise Powell to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) What was the total cost of travel incurred by the National Treasury in bringing officials of the National Treasury to a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on (i) 29 October 2019 and (ii) 5 November 2019 and (b) what number of officials from the National Treasury were present at each of the specified meetings?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 25 Nov 2019

a) The travel costs for the National Treasury official who attended the joint Portfolio Committee meetings on (i) 29 October 2019 was R14 536.72 via Pietermaritzburg (the official had a meeting at the Msunduzi Local Municipality on the 28th October and travel arrangements were made for him to catch a flight from Pietermaritzburg to Cape Town) and (ii) 5 November 2019 was R8 ...

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2019-w1071 - 25 November 2019

Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to the statement made by the National Treasury Deputy Director-General, Mr Ismail Momoniat, in a meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance held on 7 September 2019, where he said that the SA Revenue Service needs an intrusive unit to deal with illicit financial flows of money, (a) what are the details of the nature of the unit that he was referring to, (b) on what legislative provisions will the establishment of the unit be based and (c) how will the work of the unit be different from the work done by the intelligence services?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 25 Nov 2019

I want to refer the Honourable Member to the submission made by the National Treasury in its submission to the Nugent Commission on 29 August 2018, which I fully endorse: “Enforcement powers that are also intrusive are necessary for any tax collection agency. Whilst most taxpayers seek to comply, there are cases of taxpayers who are less cooperative when declaring income or have a ...

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2019-w1165 - 11 November 2019

Michael Bagraim to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether the National Treasury incurred any costs related to the (a) inauguration of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, held in Pretoria on 25 May 2019 and (b) State of the Nation Address held in Cape Town on 20 June 2019; if so, in each case, (i) what costs were incurred and (ii) for what reason?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 11 Nov 2019

(a)(i)&(ii) No costs incurred

(b)(i)&(ii) No costs incurred

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2019-w1278 - 11 November 2019

Ntombovuyo Veronica Mente to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether the National Treasury allocated additional funding to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate in order to pay investigators in terms of the SA Police Services Act, Act 68 of 1995; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 11 Nov 2019

Section 23 of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act (hereafter referred to as the IPID Act) (2011) provides that the conditions of service, including the salary and allowances payable to an investigator appointed under the IPID Act (2011), must be on par with members appointed as detectives in terms of the South African Police Service Act.

As part of the 2018 Medium Term Expenditure ...

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2019-w1271 - 11 November 2019

Wouter Wynand Wessels to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the National Treasury has conducted a thorough investigation into the accounting practice of provincial departments on classifying payments, in contravention of the National Treasury Classification Circular 21, to implementing agents for the procurement of assets and/or goods and services as transfers and subsidies; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the details and (b) has any malicious intent in this regard been identified; (2) whether the National Treasury will ensure that all assets procured by provincial departments from implementing agents are reclassified as the relevant class of asset and recorded on the asset register of the relevant department; if not, why not; if so, what (a) progress has been made in this regard and (b) measures have been implemented to ensure that the practice of wrongfully classifying the procurement of assets as transfers and subsidies is prevented; (3) whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 11 Nov 2019

The aforementioned Classification Circular was developed in consultation with provincial treasuries, specifically the Provincial Accountants-General (PAGs). Once issued the PAGs took responsibility for the implementation thereof in their respective provinces. Any investigation in to the accounting practices as referred to in (1) above would accordingly fall within the remit of each provincial treasury.

Any challenges identified in the implementation and/or audit are however ...

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