2020-w1885 - 14 October 2020

Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) What total amount has (i) the NationalTreasury and (ii) all entities reporting to him spent on (aa) Covid-19 related activities and (bb) personal protective equipment from 1 March 2020 to 29 July 2020, (b) what goods and/or services were procured, (c) what procurement processes were followed, (d) what are the details of each company that was awarded a contract, (e) on what date was each contract awarded and (f) what was the monetary value of each contract?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 14 Oct 2020

NATIONAL TREASURY

(i) The department procured the following goods and services connected to the Covid-19 pandemic:

(d)

Name of company

(aa)

Covid-19 related activities

(bb)

Personal Protective Equipment

(c)

Method of procurement

(b)

Service and/or product that each company rendered

Lechoba Medical Technologies

R182 263.50

-

Three quotations

Hand sanitizers

Masana Hygiene Services

R156 302.26

-

Three quotations

Hand sanitizers liquid dispensers

 

R121 ...

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2020-w2000 - 14 October 2020

Leon Amos Schreiber to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether public funding of any nature has ever been paid to (a) certain persons (names furnished) and/or certain entities or initiatives (names and details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether there was an application of any nature to obtain state funding and/or tenders by the specified persons, entities and/or initiatives; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 14 Oct 2020

1(a) National Treasury only has access to payments information from national and provincial departments using the BAS payment system. In order to search for information against individuals, the National Treasury would need the identification numbers as a search by names may result in inaccurate results.

1(b) A search was done on the BAS payment system for the period 1 April 2017 to ...

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2020-w2083 - 14 October 2020

Ms N Tafeni to ask the Minister of Finance

Whether, for any of the contracts that were awarded to the Public Affairs Research Institute and payments made up to October 2018, there was any declaration of conflict of interest at that time by any persons in the National Treasury and/or the Government Technical Advisory Centre; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) who made a declaration and (b) what was the nature of the conflict of interest?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 14 Oct 2020

National Treasury has not awarded any contracts to the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) up to October 2018.

Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) awarded three contracts awarded to PARI.

These were for;

  1. the provision of action learning support to the Eastern Cape Department of Education turnaround project;
  2. the provision of technical advisory services to the Eastern Cape Department of Education with the schools’ rationalisation ...
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2020-w869 - 29 September 2020

Michael Bagraim to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether the National Treasury will offer any form of Covid-19 financial and/or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial and/or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does he or the National Treasury rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 29 Sep 2020

1. Yes, the President announced financial relief matters by Government to small businesses and individuals on 24 March 2020,two or three days before the first lockdown, and a second round of measures on 21 April 2020. A loan guarantee scheme was launched on 4 May 2020 and amended on 27 July 2020.National Treasury is part of Government, and does not act separately ...

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2020-w2139 - 29 September 2020

Geordin Gwyn Hill-Lewis to ask the Minister of Finance

With reference to the Mpati Commission’s finding that a review of the Government Employees Pension Fund investment mandate agreement with the Public Investment Corporation should be conducted, with an interim report produced by no later than the end of June 2020 (details furnished), (a) what progress has been made in this regard and (b) by what date will the interim report be published?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 29 Sep 2020

(a) & (b)The GEPF had already prior to theMpati Commission Report being released began the process of an all-encompassing review the Investment Mandate. The GEPF aims to finalise the revised investment mandate agreement before the end of the 2020/21 financial year.

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2020-w2138 - 29 September 2020

Geordin Gwyn Hill-Lewis to ask the Minister of Finance

What is the full text of the investment mandate agreement between the Government Employees Pension Fund and the Public Investment Corporation?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 29 Sep 2020

The investment mandate agreementappoints the PIC as an investment manager with the authority to act as its agent in the managing and administering the Investment portfolio within the constraints specified in the Agreement. The document is marked as confidential and cannot be made available.

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2020-w2137 - 29 September 2020

Geordin Gwyn Hill-Lewis to ask the Minister of Finance

(a) Which non-core assets have been sold since February 2019, as was committed to in the main budget of 20 February 2019 and (b) what are the relevant details of each sale?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 29 Sep 2020

Government has not sold any non-core assets to date, however, work in this regard remains ongoing.

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2020-w1886 - 15 September 2020

Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi to ask the Minister of Finance

What are the reasons that the National Treasury has not presented the Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation to Parliament despite repeated commitments to brief Parliament?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 15 Sep 2020

The National Treasury and Public Investment Corporation are still in the process of studying the Mpati Commission Report and developing an implementation plan in terms of the recommendations. In addition, due to the global pandemic, there has been a delay with the necessary consultations that need to take place prior to presenting the matter to the Parliamentary Committee.

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2020-w773 - 15 September 2020

Manuel Simão Franca De Freitas to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether he took into consideration the (a) short-, (b) medium- and (c) long-term implications for the tourism sector when he made his announcement on 24 April 2020; if not, why not; if so, what (i) are the implications in each specified case, (ii) fund will he remove from the Tourism budget and (iii) criteria did he apply to slash the budget; (2) what steps will the National Treasury take to ensure that the tourism sector is not decimated by the time the sector can return to operate?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 15 Sep 2020

1. On 24 April 2020, the Minister of Finance outlined a R500 billion economic support package in fiscal and monetary policy interventions to be implemented in the immediate, short-run with long-run sustainability. In terms of this, the Minister outlined that the fiscal response is characterised through five key components and provided the sequential order of interventions which involve (i) the scaling up of efforts ...

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2020-w645 - 15 September 2020

Robert Alfred Lees to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure to written question 304 on 19 March 2020, the authority given to the Property Management Trading Entity to open a bank account expires; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (2) whether the authority granted to the Property Management Trading Entity to open a bank account authorises the specified entity to operate an overdraft in the current account it has with the SA Reserve Bank; if not, why not; (3) whether the overdraft and/or negative balance of the Property Management Trading Entity with the SA Reserve Bank is backed up with any security such as a government guarantee; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so what are the details of sure security and/or collateral?

Reply from the Minister of Finance on 15 Sep 2020

1. No. It is a Paymaster - General account which is held at the South African Reserve Bank in terms of Treasury Regulation 15.2.1. The Paymaster - General account is the bank account operated by the particular government department or entity. This bank account will reflect all amounts received and paid by the particular government department or entity.

2. The net position of all ...

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