2021-w674 - 28 April 2021

Nceba Ephraim Hinana to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her makes use of private security firms; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in each case, what is the (i) name of each firm, (ii) purpose, (iii) value and (iv) duration of each specified contract?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 28 Apr 2021

THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION

(a) The Department of Water and Sanitation utilises security services to safeguard the offices and assets at the Head Office and in the nine provincial offices. In some cases the security services are utilised to safeguard infrastructure that is vulnerable to vandalism. The details of security services utilised by the department, including the value and duration of each ...

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2021-w749 - 26 April 2021

Hlanganani Siphelele Gumbi to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

With reference to the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu areas in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, what total number of (a)(i) government-sponsored houses have been built and (ii) title deeds for houses have been given to residents in each of the above areas from 1 October 2019 to date, (b)(i) houses were built and/or given to persons with disabilities in each year since October 2019, (ii) title deeds were given to persons living with disabilities to date and (c)(i) houses were built for child-headed households and (ii) title deeds were given to child-headed households from 1 October 2019 to date?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 26 Apr 2021

(a)(i) The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Human Settlements indicated that the total number of government-sponsored houses, commonly referred to as Breaking New Ground (BNG) Houses that have been built in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu areas is 622.

(ii) 126 Title Deeds have been handed over to the residents in Inanda, 83 Title Deeds have been handed over to residents in Ntuzuma and 39 ...

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2021-w790 - 26 April 2021

Constance Nonhlanhla Mkhonto to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

With reference to the approximately 1 050 houses at Kanyamazane in the Mbombela Local Municipality in Mpumalanga which was damaged by a hailstorm in May 2018, and noting that most of the specified houses had asbestos roofing, what steps did her department take since then to repair the damaged houses and remove the asbestos roofing?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 26 Apr 2021

Honourable Member, I have been informed by the Mpumalanga Department of Human Settlements that the roofs of 2 433 houses damaged by a hail storm have been replaced in the areas of Kanyamazane, Entokozweni and Tekwane South in Mbombela Local Municipality under the Provincial Emergency Housing Programme.

Most of the damaged houses were part of the pre-1994 housing stock and were roofed with asbestos ...

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2021-w395 - 21 April 2021

Sbuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

In view of the fact that in November 2020 the Auditor-General’s 2019-20 report on her department and the entities reporting to her showed again the absolute urgency to fill vacancies in key positions especially that of an accounting officer, what (a) steps has she taken to fill key vacancies in her department and the entities reporting to her since the release of the report of the Auditor-General and (b) is the total breakdown of the number of vacancies in her department that have been filled?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 21 Apr 2021

The timeframe cited in the question suggests that the Honourable Member is referring to the filling of vacancies in the Departments of Human Settlements.

In September 2020, I instructed the Department of Human Settlements to fill all vacant and funded posts from Assistant Director and above by the end of the financial year. Following the foregoing instruction, National Treasury reduced the DHS’ allocation of ...

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2021-w918 - 21 April 2021

Mathibe Rebecca Mohlala to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What measures does her department have in place to act against municipalities that do not adhere to ministerial directives, such as the Madibeng Local Municipality that refused to effect a ministerial directive to assist with the improvement of water and wastewater systems to address pollution with regard to effluent in streams and rivers?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 21 Apr 2021

The Ministerial Directive is issued in terms of section 63 of the Water Services Act, 1997 (Act 108 of 1997 (WSA). The issuance of a Directive involves a consultative process whereby the Minister engages all the stakeholders; including the Premier, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Member of the Executive Council responsible for COGTA and the Mayors involved in the implementation of ...

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2021-w897 - 16 April 2021

Robert Alfred Lees to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

What are the details of the technical report on water losses that was conducted by consulting engineers in the Alfred Duma Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, including the (a) date the report was submitted to her department, (b) extent of water losses identified in the report and (c) actions taken to reduce and/or stop the water losses from occurring?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 16 Apr 2021

The technical assessment on water losses was conducted for the entire UThukela District Municipality, including losses in the Alfred Duma Local Municipality. The technical report was completed on 27 August 2020. UThukela District Municipality is the Water Service Authority (WSA) within its juristic area and it submits a monthly water balance report to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). 

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2021-w628 - 16 April 2021

Mathibe Rebecca Mohlala to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether her department has done an assessment of the prevalence of asbestos roofs on residential homes; if not, why not; if so, (a) what total number of residential homes still have asbestos roofs and (b) by what date does she intend to eradicate asbestos roofs in places of residence?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 16 Apr 2021

Honourable Member the Provincial Departments of Human Settlements do conduct assessments on the prevalence of asbestos roofs in residential homes and are tasked to remove those found to contain asbestos

As indicated previously, I will ensure that the relevant MECs table reports on this matter at our MINMEC meetings where issues of concurrent functions are discussed. Further, it should be noted that the use ...

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2021-w932 - 16 April 2021

Emma Louise Powell to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

Whether she will furnish Ms E L Powell with (a) quotations submitted to her department, (b) delivery receipts and (c) tax invoices for the personal protective equipment contracts awarded to a certain company (name and details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 16 Apr 2021

Honourable Member, the department used a company contracted for hiring or rendering services in respect of travel, accommodation, venue and facilities for conferences, departmental meetings and events.

Personal protective equipment that was paid for was part of the cost of community events coordinated on behalf of the department. This was to ensure that the events comply with the requirements and the guidelines issued by ...

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2021-w659 - 16 April 2021

Emma Louise Powell to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(a) What amount did the Department of Human Settlements and/or the entities reporting to her spend on the Women in Construction Summit hosted by the specified department in 2020, (b) what are the details of all (i) companies contracted and (ii) amounts paid to any component of the event notwithstanding (aa) key-note addresses, (bb) event organising and (cc) catering and (c) from which cost account were the amounts in respect of the specified summit paid?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 16 Apr 2021

(a) The Women in Construction Summit held in 2020 was hosted by the National Department of Human Settlements. Entities reporting to me did not spend any amounts towards the Summit.

The amount that the Department of Human Settlements spent on the Women in Construction Summit was R1, 024,279.05.

(b) The department used a company contracted for hiring or rendering services in respect of travel, ...

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2021-w829 - 16 April 2021

Robert Alfred Lees to ask the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation

(1)Whether, with reference to the master plans for the (a) supply of bulk water and (b) waste water in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu-Natal, the master plans were approved by her department; if not, why not; if so, (i) on what date were the master plans approved, (ii) what are the details of the budget allocations towards each master plan since each plan was approved and (iii) what is the implementation progress of each master plan as at 31 December 2020; (2) whether the master plans have been implemented; if not, what are the reasons for the failure to implement; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on 16 Apr 2021

(1)(a)(b) The Uthukela District Municipality (DM) developed a water services master plan (water and wastewater) with the support of the DBSA in 2017. However, the master plan was not submitted to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) for approval.

(i) The master plan has therefore not been approved by the DWS.

In terms of the Water Services Act (Act 109 of 1997), a ...

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